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Russia says Syrian Kurds should start dialogue with Assad

By AFP 17/2/2019
President Bashar al-Assad delivers a speech at a meeting for the heads of local councils in the Syrian capital Damascus, February 17, 2019. Photo: AFP / Syrian Presidency Facebook page
President Bashar al-Assad delivers a speech at a meeting for the heads of local councils in the Syrian capital Damascus, February 17, 2019. Photo: AFP / Syrian Presidency Facebook page
MUNICH, Germany – Syria’s Kurds should start a dialogue with President Bashar al-Assad as their military allies the United States are readying to pull out, Russia said Sunday.

“We support this dialogue between Damascus and the Kurds,” said Russian deputy foreign minister Sergey Vershinin, whose country is a key backer of the Assad regime.

Kurdish fighters have spearheaded the fight against Islamic State jihadists, who were expected to lose their final stretch of land in coming days.

However, neighbouring Turkey views them as “terrorists”.

The presence of American troops in areas held by Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has so far acted as a shield against any Turkish offensive.

But US President Donald Trump in December shocked Washington’s allies by announcing a full withdrawal soon of all 2,000 US troops from Syria.

Turkish defence minister Hulusi Akar charged again Sunday, at the Munich Security Conference, that the Kurdish YPG, a major part of the SDF, are a “terrorist group”.

“Our main concern before and after the withdrawal of the Americans is the safety and security of our border and our people,” he said.

Turkey and its Syrian rebel proxies have led two previous offensives inside Syria, most recently seizing the northwestern enclave of Afrin from the Kurds last year.

Russia’s Vershinin addressed the same issue at the conference, asking “what will happen after the US withdraws from Syria?

“If there are no foreign troops on the ground of Syria’s northeastern part, I think that the best solution would be to start up a dialogue between the Kurds and Damascus.”

“The Kurds are a part of the population of Syria ... We know about the problems between Damascus and the Kurds but I think there is a solution through dialogue.”

The Kurds have largely stayed out of Syria’s eight-year civil war, instead building their own institutions in a third of the country under their control.

Trump has attempted to ease tensions about their fate by speaking of a 30-kilometre (18-mile) “safe zone” on the Syrian side of the border.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said his country would establish the “security zone” itself if it took too long to implement.

James Franklin Jeffrey, US special representative for Syria engagement, said that the US “want to take care of the security concerns of our Turkish NATO allies vis-a-vis in particular the SDF, and we are very concerned that the SDF, with whom we fought, is not mistreated.”

Lebanese defence minister Elias Bou Saab said it was “clear the Americans are looking at it from one angle, and the Turks are looking at it from a different angle.”

Comments

 
Tg | 17/2/2019
Putin, just because you got control of Trump, doesn't mean you got control of the American people, let me make this very clear, We will not leave Rojava and its people, whether they be Kurds, Arabs, Christians, or even Turkmen, they fought Assad and won, what use is he to them, he left them and their homes and families to be devoured by al-Qaeda's ISIS, they using their inherent right of self defense recognized by the Elohim, invited us to help them, just like Assad invited you, we were invited and helped them liberate their land and their people from al-Qaeda's ISIS, as of today, they won the ground war on their territory, and have the right to be free from Russia, you Putin, Assad, and Damascus, who still are aiding US enemies AlQaeda and its ISIS and Nusra branches with your friend Erdogan in Assad controlled Syrian territory that you hold, you think you can control Trump because he doesn't know what's at stake, but we the American people know, and you can't fool us, we wont leave Rojava, mark my words, you won't get her, she's under the protection of the Elohim.
PAKISTANI | 17/2/2019
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has accused the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and its ally in the March 31 local elections, İYİ (Good) Party, of “surrendering” to the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) and the illegal PKK. everybody is a terrorist now HAHAHA
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