WASHINGTON – Washington does not support the operation launched by Turkey in Syria, considering it a “bad idea.” US President Donald Trump stated in the statement, released on Wednesday by the press service of the White House.
“This morning, NATO member Turkey invaded Syria. The US does not support this attack and has made it clear to Turkey that this operation is a bad idea,” the statement said.
The head of the White House stressed that there are no American troops in the zone of the operation. “From the first day of my appearance in the political arena, I indicated that I do not want to fight in these endless, meaningless wars, especially those that do not benefit the United States,” he explained.
At the same time, Trump noted that the United States continues to monitor closely developments and expects that the Turkish side will adhere to its obligations, including the protection of civilians.
Turkey has pledged to protect civilians, religious minorities, including Christians, to ensure that a humanitarian crisis does not erupt, and we will demand that they comply with this obligation,” Trump added.
According to the US President, now Turkey is also “responsible for ensuring that all detained militants of the IS remained in custody and that the IS is not revived in any way and any form.” “We expect Turkey to stick to its commitments and continue to monitor the situation closely,” Trump summed up.