PYD Accuses Russia of Granting Turkey Green Light to Attack N. Syria

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The Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) accused on Friday Russia of giving Türkiye the greenlight to attack Kurdish forces in northern Syria.

Prominent member of the PYD Ahmed Khoja told Asharq Al-Awsat that despite Russian and Iranian reassurances that Ankara would not be allowed to invade northeastern Syria by land, “it appears that Russia has allowed Türkiye to resort to drone and artillery attacks.”

The intensification of attacks is a sign of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “implicit” agreement to Türkiye’s actions, he added.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been given the green light to carry out these attacks to pressure the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and its autonomous administration to prevent the Kurds from obtaining their rights, Khoja continued.

Furthermore, he charged that the Syrian regime was “incapable” of carrying out attacks on and seizing the regions of the autonomous administration because these areas are well fortified and defended.

Damascus is therefore “satisfied with the Turkish attacks,” he added, noting that it has struck “secret security agreements” with Ankara.

Khoja’s remarks were the first by a Kurdish official in wake of the recent rapprochement between Damascus and Ankara.

Türkiye, he said, has a “phobia of the Kurdish people.”

It is prepared to abandon all of its demands and even turn against its allies to “strike and destroy any democratic project led by the Kurds in the region,” he stressed.

Qamishli – Kamal Sheikho

Source: Al Awsat

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