MOSCOW, February 20. The Kurds can play an important role in the fight against Syria “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in the Russian Federation) and the release of its northeast territories. Such opinion in radio station interview “Kommersant FM” was expressed by the Chairman of the Committee on the state Duma international Affairs Alexei Pushkov.
Turkey’s President has criticized the US position on the Syrian Kurds
“The Kurds, in my opinion, should play a very important role in the liberation of North-Eastern Syria from ISIS (“Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant” – the former name of the IG)”, – he said.
The politician said that the US should adopt a consistent position on this issue and to explain the Turkish allies that the Kurds are “our allies in the fight against ISIL”.
He also stressed that the Kurds should be allowed to negotiate because not only are an important part of the Syrian population, but to actively oppose ISIS in contrast to the moderate opposition.
“Any troops that could fight with ISIS in Syria, in fact, are not there, except the Syrian army, which is ready to do it, and groups of Kurds, who comprise about 50-60 thousand people, and are a serious armed force,” added Pushkov.
The history of the Syrian Kurds. Dossier
Since the beginning of the week in its offensive to Kurdish soldiers backed from the air the air force of the international coalition, managed to take about 50 settlements in the region. The Kurds are in the “Syria democratic Forces” (SDS), created in October last year.
Turkey in recent days is shelling the positions of Syrian Kurds involved in the fight against gangs on the side of Damascus.
Earlier, the state Department called on Turkey to stop shelling positions of Kurdish in Syria. In addition, the US asked the Kurds not to take control of new areas near the Turkish border.
The Syrian conflict and the main stages of its settlement