Moscow: US is responsible for Afrin, Syria situation

The situation in Afrin, northwestern Syria, the site of a Turkish-led counter-terrorism operation, arose from the U.S. ignoring Turkey’s stance on the groups taking control across its border, according to Russia’s foreign minister. “We all know how Turkey feels about the Kurdish groups” along the border, Sergey Lavrov told a press conference in Moscow. “To act in complete disregard of this position is short sighted. We see the results of such a lack of foresight in Afrin.” The U.S. began to establish border security forces and to allocate large sums of money to the SDF — a group dominated by the terrorist PYD/PKK, say Turkish officials — when all players and Turkey in particular had many questions about these plans, he added. While Turkey has documented that the PYD/PKK is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK — a terrorist group which has taken thousands of lives in Turkey — the U.S. has called it a “reliable partner” in the fight against Daesh, supporting it with weapons and planning a border security force with the SDF, against Turkey’s strong protests.

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