US President also admitted the possibility of sanctions against Ankara
US President Donald Trump has offered mediation between Turkey and Kurdish forces in Syria, in which Ankara is carrying out massive strikes that have forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes and claimed dozens of lives.
The Turkish offensive is being waged against the Syrian democratic forces, led by the Kurdish people’s self-defense units. The operation began days after Trump withdrew troops from the area.
“We have three options: to send thousands of troops there and win a military victory, to strike a serious blow to Turkey with financial measures and sanctions, or to mediate to reach an agreement between Turkey and the Kurds,” Trump tweeted.
“I hope we will be able to act as mediators”, – the President said, answering journalists ‘ questions at the White house.
Trump also said the US “may take very tough steps in terms of sanctions and other financial measures” against Turkey. He did not elaborate.
According to the Turkish defense Ministry, as a result of the offensive, 228 enemy soldiers have been killed so far.
Retaliatory strikes by Kurdish forces on Turkish border towns have killed six people.
Trump has faced rare criticism from fellow Republicans who say he has left allies to fend for themselves. Republican leaders have already presented a plan of sanctions against Turkey.
“If any measures are taken against us, we will respond in kind,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned, adding that “these sanctions will not bring any results.”
Later, a state Department spokesman said the US would take action against Turkey if it committed “inhumane and disproportionate” actions against civilians, including ethnic cleansing and indiscriminate shelling of peaceful areas.