Turkey does not want to see the success of its cooperation with Russia as part of the Astana process depreciated, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in an article published in a Russian daily Tuesday.
In a piece titled “Turkish-Russian cooperation plays key role in resolving Syrian crisis” for Russian daily Kommersant, Erdoğan said U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull American troops from Syria meant that the country’s civil war was entering a new stage.
Erdoğan stressed that this was why Ankara wanted to continue close partnership with Moscow, as Turkey is determined to help restore peace and stability in the Middle East.
According to the president, Turkey and Russia must continue to coordinate their actions to protect Syria’s territorial integrity and ensure political representation for the whole spectrum of Syrian society and return of Syrian refugees to their homes.
Erdoğan pointed out the Idlib agreement as clear evidence of the fact that Turkish-Russian cooperation serves the interests of both countries and the Syrian people.
Slamming U.S. support for the PKK terror group’s Syrian offshoot the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed wing the People’s Protection Units (YPG), Erdoğan criticized U.S. officials who ignore the fact that the PKK/YPG terrorists do not represent the Kurdish people, but, on the contrary, oppress them.