Turkey summons US Chargé d'Affaires over Syria issue

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Ankara Turkey

Russia's ambassador to Ankara, Alexei Yerkhov and Iranian ambassador Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian Fard were called in to express Turkey's discontent over the continuing attacks in Idlib.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu alleged earlier that Syria's government forces had been delivering strikes on the units of the so-called opposition in the Idlib province "under the guise of fighting terrorists".

Turkey on Wednesday called on Russian Federation and Iran, the two chief allies of President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria, to halt an air offensive on the rebel-held Idlib province near the Turkish border.

The Turkish foreign minister noted that Damascus could not have made big military advances without the active support of Russian Federation and Iran.

Cavusoglu emphasised that in efforts to bring peace to Syria, Russia and Iran were the "guarantors" of the regime side and Turkey of the opposition.

He said that Washington should understand that PYD and YPG do not represent all ethnic Kurds of Syria.

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Violence in Idlib region has recently escalated, with Syrian government forces, supported by Russian Federation, trying to regain control of the rebel-held area. "They have a different intention".

Russian Federation failed to convene the gathering over Turkey's objection about YPG's participation. The Russian embassy in Ankara did not issue any comments.

Ankara believes YPG fighters are linked with Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) separatists inside Turkey, responsible for waging armed campaign since 1984 causing death to more than 40,000 people.

According to diplomatic sources, at the meeting the Turkish side expressed its concern over the U.S. support for Syria's Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD).

The YPG has received arms shipments and training from the United States, in a move that angered Turkey which considers the Kurdish forces to be a "terrorist group" that threatens its security.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham group, spearheaded by the former al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria that was known as the al-Nusra Front, is mainly dominating in Idlib.

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