Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said the US was conducting joint patrols with Kurdish forces in the security zone in Northern Syria, which is contrary to Turkish-American agreements.
“Today is the second joint patrols in the framework of our agreement with Russia. Unfortunately, the US separately conducts patrols with the terrorist group YPG (Syrian Kurdish self-defense forces). And they had to go! How will the US explain this? This is not in our agreement,” Erdogan told reporters.
The US and Turkey said on October 17 that they had agreed to suspend Turkey’s military operation for 120 hours and withdraw Kurdish forces from the 30-kilometer buffer zone on the border of Turkey and Syria, which Ankara intended to control on its own. The ceasefire ended at 22.00 GMT on Tuesday, October 22. Erdogan later said that the United States has not fully fulfilled its obligations to Turkey under the agreements on Syria; Ankara is not ready to compromise.