The US President Donald Trump said that will cause an economic blow to Turkey in the event that the army of this country attacks the positions of the Kurds in the North-East of Syria.
In his Twitter, Trump spoke about the beginning of the withdrawal of us troops from Syria, pointing out that at the same time will be strikes on the remaining positions of the “Islamic state”. However, he touched on the fate of the Syrian Kurds, who were allies of the United States.
“We will deal an economic blow to Turkey if it attacks the Kurds. We need to create a 20-mile security zone. At the same time, I do not want the Kurds to provoke Turkey, Russia, Iran or Syria. They made the biggest contribution to the defeat ISIS. We are grateful to them for this, but now it is necessary to return the troops home,” the American President wrote.
On January 11, Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton admitted that the Syrian Kurds will be in a very difficult situation after the withdrawal of us troops. According to him, Washington expects Ankara to provide guarantees of non-aggression against the Kurds.
At the end of December, Reuters, citing the US officials wrote that the US command is preparing recommendations for the White House, according to which the Syrian Kurds will be able to obtain weapons of the United States forces. The Kurds can get armored vehicles, mortars and anti-tank missile systems.
Even before Trump’s announcement of the withdrawal of the US troops from Syria, Turkish President Recep Erdogan announced the preparation of a military operation against the Kurds, who control a significant part of North-Eastern Syria. Ankara believes that the YPG paramilitary groups threaten the security of the country and support the separatists in Turkey.
On December 28, the Syrian government army for the first time in six years entered the city of Manbij, which was under the control of the Kurds, and set the flag of Syria there. Erdogan called the actions of the Syrian military “psychological operation”, the Kremlin considered the entrance of the army of Syrian President Bashad al-Assad in the city a positive step to stabilize the situation in the region.