Putin shares Turkey’s concern about Syrian Kurds – Erdogan

Russia understands Turkey’s concern regarding Syria’s Democratic Union Party and Self-Defense Forces units considered by Ankara a branch of Kurdistan’s Workers’ Party, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters after returning from the Sochi summit.

“We have clearly expressed our stance on the Democratic Union Party and the Self-Defense Forces,” the Haberturk TV channel quotes him as saying on Friday. Vladimir Putin shares our concern about the issue, but there is no similar attitude on the part of the United States and the international anti-terrorism coalition,” he stressed.

According to Erdogan, he “can hold a telephone conversation with Trump to ask him personally why arms continue to be supplied to the Kurds in Syria.”

“Where and why do they still supply weapons? They used to say that there are militants of the Islamic State there. However, this region has already been cleared of them,” the Turkish president noted.