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Moscow pledges help to Syrian Kurds, but through Assad government

By Rudaw 23/12/2015
Demirtas (left) is greeted by the Russian foreign minister. Photo: AA.
Demirtas (left) is greeted by the Russian foreign minister. Photo: AA.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday that Moscow is ready to back Kurdish forces fighting ISIS in Syria, but only in coordination with the Syrian government, Turkey’s official Anadolu Agency reported.

Demirtas' visit to Moscow comes amid soured relations between Turkey and Russia over the downing of a Russian jet last month.

“We know very well that there are Iraqi and Syrian Kurds that are fighting against the Daesh (ISIS)  threat on the ground," Anadolu quoted Lavrov as saying at a press conference with Demirtas.

“They (Kurds) are fighting for their right to live in their homes and for their right to live in their own land, with Iraqi and Syrian armies," Lavrov said.

“Of course, this is their essential right. They have rights, just like Christians, Yezidis and other minorities have the right to stay in their own land, to live in the land of their ancestors,” Lavrov reportedly said.

Moscow is ready to support anyone fighting ISIS "as part of (Russia's) counter-terrorism operation with the Syrian administration," he said.

Russia has not openly expressed support for Demirtas’ pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), but has in recent weeks hailed Syrian Kurds as an effective fighting force against ISIS.

Demirtas’ visit also coincides with a crackdown by Turkey on the outlawed Kurdistan Democratic Party (PKK) since late July. More than 100 PKK rebels have been killed by Turkish forces since Dec. 15 alone, without any let-up by the security forces.

The HDP is set to open a bureau in the Russian capital but Demirtas’ visit has received criticism from some Turkish politicians, according to Anadolu.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Yalcin Akdogan said earlier this week that HDP members were “running towards any country that has problems with Turkey instead of being on the side of their country to say ‘how can we help?’” the agency reported.

HDP officials said that Demirtas met on Tuesday with members of the Kurdish business community in Moscow.
He is accompanied by party officials including foreign relations head Nazmi Gur.


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kurt basar | 23/12/2015
They should tell the Russia "thank you but no deal", if the Russian's are truly sincere, they should help the Kurds to gain their independence from the occupiers not to be subjugated to the camel drivers & Salafi Mongols who are supporters of the ISIL & Muslim brotherhood savage cutthroats.
Muraz Adzhoev | 23/12/2015
So, according to the formal statement of Mr.Lavrov, the Kurds of all religious communities have the right to "live", but no right to be free and independent "in their own land". In fact this official Russian position on the Kurdish question in general and on its regional issues in particular has been changing so radically in recent 2-3 years due to real terms, conditions and circumstances in Iraq and Syria, as well as due to somehow much more increased intellectual influence of pro-KRG (Kurdistan) active supporters on viewpoints and mindset among and within professional society of Russian experts and politicians, that inevitably very soon Moscow will logically have to start directly support Southern Kurdistan, officially recognize its right to be reintegrated with Western Kurdistan to establish new independent united democratic and secular federative Kurdistan of the Kurdish people and all other ethnical communities of all cultural and religious identities living in their own Kurdish Homeland. Serious mistakes hopefully will be avoided and prevented in and on time. Independent Kurdistan should and will have very good bilateral relations and fruitful partnership with Russia in mutually advantageous interests.
M Gonzales
M Gonzales | 23/12/2015
Tactically I would do it with the only restriction that the PYD does not get involved in the Assad vs Rebels war only to fight international recognized terrorist organizations like Al-Nursa and ISIS. Right now the YPG has closed borders with Turkey and rocky relations with the KRG. The YPG does not have to ally with Assad but working with Russia and Assad in defeating Isis and Al-nursa and gaining assess in the future to trade with Syria would be nice. Sealing the Turkish border is the only way of ending this war and ISIS reign of terror, IMO.
Jamal | 23/12/2015
Marxist-Stalinist PKK and HDP commis no deserve more than that...They worthy to be puppets of Assad, Mollahs and Putin...Two tyranic regimes and one mafia state.....Dictators suit to each other...Despite PKK has 80 parliamanterians in National assembly and has running 120 municipalities in Turkey they started a bloody armed campaign againist government for unknown reasons.....Turned Kurdish cities into ruins..Handrend thousands Kurds evacuated their homes and flet to western of Turkey....İf Iraqi, İran and Syrian Kurds had live in a democratic countries like Turkey they never would have applies arms againist Turkey......
Brzoo Kurdi
Brzoo Kurdi | 23/12/2015
Demirtas is not getting help from Europe as much as he should, the European union knows that Erdogan is not shutting down Hamas s offices throughout Turkey, they Know Hamas is supported by Turkey even more than Isis .NATO compromises their dignity and standard.they should help Demirtas more than anyone in Turkey.

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