Turkey reacts to Russia-YPG deal in Afrin

Turkish government spokesman Numan Kurtulmus

In response to a question on a deal between Russia and the Kurdish YPG in the northern Syrian town of Afrin, Turkey’s government spokesman Numan Kurtulmus said that they had notified Russia and the US that Turkey will never accept the establishment of a ‘terror state’ in the north of Syria.

“This is one of the biggest sensitivities we as a government have. Unfortunately, both Russia and the US have not been sensitive to this as part of both the Raqqa and Manbij operations,” Kurtulmus said.

Kurtulmus concluded by saying that “As long as the PYD is not involved, Turkey is ready to contribute to the cleansing and liberating of the region from Daesh [referring to the Islamic State]”.