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Syria’s Kurds to open first European office in Moscow

By Rudaw 7/2/2016
 The Kurdish YPG forces are in control of Syria's Kurdish-administered regions. AFP file photo.
The Kurdish YPG forces are in control of Syria's Kurdish-administered regions. AFP file photo.
MOSCOW, Russia - The Kurdish administration in northeastern Syria will open its first foreign office in the Russian capital, Moscow, Kurdish representatives said Saturday.

The office will be inaugurated this Wednesday, in a ceremony to  be attended by Russian foreign ministry officials as well as representatives from several other countries, according to Abdulsalam Ali, the Syrian Kurdish envoy in Moscow.  

“Our ambition is to rally support behind our Kurdish enclave in Syria through this office,” said Ali, who is also a member of the Democratic Unity Party (PYD), the main political organization in Syria’s Kurdish administrated areas.

PYD’s decision to search for international support in Moscow, rather than other capitals in Western Europe, came as no surprise, according to Russian political analyst Stanslav Inanov, who has followed the Kurdish case for years.

“This means that Russia believes the crises in both Syria and Iraq will not lead to a solution without Kurdish participation,” Stanslav told Rudaw.

Moscow has tried to gain the Kurdish trust in Syria by providing areal support in clash zones where Kurdish forces battle ISIS militants for territory, particularly in the bordering regions of Azez.

Earlier this year, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said talks on reconciliation would fail to produce a sustainable agreement if the Kurds were left out of discussions.

The PYD was not invited to the intra-Syrian reconciliation talks in Geneva last week despite Russia’s support, mainly due to Turkey’s opposition to the Kurdish group.

Ankara has accused the PYD of links with Turkey’s outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and fears Kurdish influence in Syria could strengthen the PKK in neighboring Turkey.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu publically criticized Russia and the US in October last year for supporting PYD’s military wing, known as the YPG forces inside Syria.

In stark contrast to the US and most of the EU member states, Russia has not put the PKK in its black list. In October 2015, Russian ambassador to Ankara, Andrey Karlov, said his country did not regard the group as a terrorist organization.

“Neither the PKK nor the PYD are considered terrorist organizations by either Russia or the United Nations Security Council,” Karlov told Russian News Agency Ria Novosti.

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sitting duck | 7/2/2016
this is NOT good for the mad sultans hemorrhoids!
K | 7/2/2016
This is a wonderful news and a great and positive step forward for Kurdistan and the whole region. I hope all the other countries will follow suit. The Kurdish fighters whether PYD, PKK or KDP are not terrorists. They are and always will stand against state terrors against our Kurdish people. The neighboring countries should not fear of Kurdish independent and statehood. There is no reason for objecting to a nation's independence. On the contrary, with the establishment of Kurdistan as a free democratic state, all the killing and destruction will come to end and the people will prosper. The Kurd are the most peace loving democratic and tolerant nation. Give them a chance to prove it.
Muraz Adzhoev | 7/2/2016
First of all it is necessary to explain that in fact word combinations like - "foreign office" or more over - "inauguration ceremony" are nothing at all, but just wishful exaggeration made by PYD's too much ambitious propaganda. PYD was allowed to have an informal office in Moscow registered according to Russia's law for non-commercial civil organizations. Russia's Foreign Ministry officials will not attend an "inauguration ceremony", because of Syrian regime and informal nature of such an "event". “Russia believes the crises in both Syria and Iraq will not lead to a solution without Kurdish participation,” Stanislav Ivanov repeated Russia's official position. The key word is "a solution", which has absolutely no official description and any details in terms of the inalienable national and historical right of the Kurdish people of Western Kurdistan as well as of Southern Kurdistan to self-determination through free and independent expression of its political will. “Neither the PKK nor the PYD are considered terrorist organizations by either Russia or the United Nations Security Council". That is the fact, however the most important question is how PKK and PYD actually are considered by the absolute majority of the Kurdish people in all parts of Greater Kurdistan, particularly in deadly failed Syria and deadly failed Iraq, and in Turkey. The answer is obviously too far not in favor of those "pro-kurdish" party-organizations, including HDP. They have maybe just a few hundred of thousands of supporters among 40 million Kurds, including 20 million in Turkey. They do not respect and recognize the Kurdish national flag, do not fight for independent Kurdistan and for wide national, territorial and administrative regional autonomy of Northern Kurdistan in Turkey. What do they want and are "straggling" for?
Rebaz | 7/2/2016
YPG is just too strong for Daesh and everyone knows with proper weapons them and the peshmerga would finish ISIS alone but the west is scared that the Kurds become a power in the middle east.
John | 7/2/2016
Honest from Russia. Eider YPG or KPP are the freedom fighters. They are fighting the most beside their brothers brave Pishmarga against the terrorism.
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