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Turkey at NATO: Russia understood YPG is a 'real terrorist organization'

By Rudaw 11/7/2018
US President Donald Trump (left) talks to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as they arrive for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels, on July 11, 2018. Photo: Tatyana Zenkovich | AFP
US President Donald Trump (left) talks to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as they arrive for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels, on July 11, 2018. Photo: Tatyana Zenkovich | AFP

BRUSSELS, Belgium — Russia used to compete with the United States to control the Kurdish Peoples' Protection Units in northern Syria but it has now understood that group is a “real terrorist organization,” Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey's foreign minister, told reporters on Wednesday.


“Now Russia understood that this is really a terrorist organization, so they cannot control and they do not deal with YPG/PKK,” he told reporters after arriving in Brussels to attend NATO’s summit, co-referring to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has clashed with Turkish forces for over 40 years in Turkey and the Syrian YPG, which deny organic links.

Regarding the purchase of S-400 system from Russia, Cavusoglu said that the first batteries will arrive in Turkey by the end of 2019.

He also said that the purchase is for their “urgent need,” asking “Who is going to meet that? Now NATO is able to cover only 30 percent of my air space. Who is going to protect my nation, my people from the missiles coming from the [Syrian] regime or from any other country?”

He suggested for NATO to have bases in Iraq and Libya to train local security forces because: “solidarity is important but without double-standard. Some of the NATO allies, for instance, support or are working together with some of the terrorist organizations,” referring to the US-led international anti-ISIS which have a presence in YPG-controlled areas of Syria.

Ahead of the summit, US Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison told CNBC that  they are “worried” about the Turkey’s close relations with Russia “but we want Turkey to be a democracy, to stay as a rule of law country and we are concerned about some of the things we see."

She added that “we are very worried about this S-400, that Turkey says they going to buy from Russia. That would be a terrible blow..."

Hutchison said that Turkey ought to "[buy] a Patriot missile defence, but others as well, and that was a joke, but there are other missile defence systems that could work just as well that would be interoperable with NATO."

The large Turkish delegation met with US President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Emmanuel Macron. It was Erdogan’s first meeting with the two since his electoral success and the shift from a parliamentary to a presidential system of governance.

Trump and Erdogan took a family photo and chatted, although the details of their talks weren’t released. The NATO summit will continue on Thursday in Brussels, where a high-level meeting of the anti-ISIS coalition will also take place.

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Gunrash | 11/7/2018
..and the whole world understands and knows all too well how Erdoggan has turned the artificial state of Turkey under military dictatorship into an artificial Islamist dictatorship. Soon the west will no longer have to use you to keep refugees at bay for them.. that's when things will get very interesting.
Jon | 11/7/2018
Long live Trump, why should Trump take Iraqi Kurdistan serious? It's a small failed region with no importance and benefit to America. So before you claim America betrayed you Kurds wake up you are nothing.
Dutchman | 11/7/2018
Erdogans compliment for Putin is one of the reasons the KRG should stop its oil deal with Russia. Today President Trump just said some clear things to Germany today about US protection and gas or oil deals with Russia. Who are the Kurds coing to call when they are in trouble again, like when IS wanted to enter Erbil and Kobani. Putin and Erdogan? Better think before doing business with Russia.
Kurds | 12/7/2018
To Erdogan, Russia and all the enemy of the Kurdish nation, every single Kurdish organisations and individuals are terrorists including those non Kurdish organisations and individuals who expresses their feeling in favour of the Kurds, except KRG of course.
Sam | 12/7/2018
Gunrash. Is that a rice dish in northern Iraq ?
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