Russia’s Lavrov Calls for Syria-Turkey Talks to Resolve Afrin Standoff

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that the situation in Syria’s Afrin could be resolved through direct dialogue between Damascus and Ankara, the Interfax news agency cited him as saying. Turkey-led forces will begin besieging the town in coming days, part of Ankara’s operation to drive out the Kurdish YPG militia, President Tayyip … Continue reading Russia’s Lavrov Calls for Syria-Turkey Talks to Resolve Afrin Standoff

Erdogan: Turkish Army Will Encirle Afrin, Speed Up Operation

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned Damascus against supporting the Kurds, while the country's Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said that if Syrian forces entered Afrin, this would lead to a catastrophe. "Turkish forces will encircle Afrin's center in the upcoming days. Thus, we will cut out any external help, so that nobody could strike a secret bargain. … Continue reading Erdogan: Turkish Army Will Encirle Afrin, Speed Up Operation

Astana and Sochi Talks for Peace and Security in Syria ‘Promising’

In a phone talk with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan late on Monday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Astana and Sochi talks were promising for the spread of peace and security in Syria. The Iranian president termed trilateral talks between Iran, Turkey and Russia over regional issues especially fighting against terrorism and resolving Syrian … Continue reading Astana and Sochi Talks for Peace and Security in Syria ‘Promising’

Putin, Erdogan Stress Iran’s Coordination on Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss the situation in Syria during which they also confirmed cooperation with Iran, official sources said. Special emphasis was placed on ways of enhancing Astana format cooperation, the Kremlin’s press-service said. 'In discussing the situation in Syria special attention … Continue reading Putin, Erdogan Stress Iran’s Coordination on Syria

Ankara Doesn’t Respect Washington Position on YPG/PKK Issue

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on US not to support "Kurdish terrorists" in Syria and to refuse from confrontation politic with Ankara on this issue. Turkey doesn't need for US agreement and can take the necessary measures to counter national security threats independently, he noted. Moreover, the international community shouldn't trust the Washington … Continue reading Ankara Doesn’t Respect Washington Position on YPG/PKK Issue

Turkey Warns Syrian Government Against Supporting YPG

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday reasserted Turkey's sensitivity towards Syria's territorial integrity and warned Bashar al-Assad forces against supporting YPG/PKK in Afrin. Cavusoglu was speaking at a joint news conference with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi in capital Amman, APA reported citing Anadolu Agency. He said: "If the government troops enter [Afrin] to … Continue reading Turkey Warns Syrian Government Against Supporting YPG

Pro-Syrian Gov’t Forces to Enter Afrin ‘Within Hours’ – State Media

While Damascus has yet to comment on the information, a YPG official previously debunked claims that the Syrian army is set to enter the battle in Afrin. Syrian state television channel Ikhbariya reported that pro-Syrian government forces would enter Syria's Afrin area "within hours." "Popular forces will enter Afrin within hours," Ikhbariya said, citing its own … Continue reading Pro-Syrian Gov’t Forces to Enter Afrin ‘Within Hours’ – State Media