“Detachments of people’s self-defense” of the Syrian Kurds and related Kurdish party “Democratic Union” should be excluded from the process for a ceasefire in Syria. This was stated by President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Reuters reports. He also said that the support of the Syrian Kurds due to the fact that they are fighting against the “Islamic state” (the activities of this terrorist organization banned in Russia), is “the great lie”.
Russia and the United States on Monday, 22 February, agreed to a ceasefire in Syria. It should enter into force on Saturday, 27 February (23:00 MSK on February 26). According to the plan, military action, including air strikes of the Syrian air force, the Russian space forces and the US-led coalition, will continue only against ISIL, “dzhebhat EN-Nusra” (the organization banned in Russia) and “other terrorist organizations identified by the UN security Council”.
Turkey plans on truce welcomed. “We see this as a possibility of achieving a ceasefire. We hope that it [the agreement] will not be the same as the previous agreements on ceasefire, and that it can be implemented,” — said Deputy Prime Minister, Numan Kurtulmus.
The organization “people’s defence Units” was established in 2004 on the basis of Kurdish party “Democratic Union”. Its aim is autonomy for the Kurds within the Syrian state. Ankara believes “people’s defence Units” as a terrorist organization.
A week ago, units of the Syrian Kurds broke through the defense line of the opponents of Bashar al-Assad to the North of Aleppo and cut the highway connecting the city to the Turkish border. After occupying several large settlements, the Kurds approached the town of Azaz in Northern Aleppo province. Turkey asked the Kurds to stop the assault and to clear them occupied air base in Aleppo (the Kurds rejected the ultimatum), and later began shelling the positions of the Syrian Kurds with artillery, explaining that it are responses to provocations by the Kurds.
U.S. President Barack Obama Privat Ankara to stop the attacks. In response to this, Erdogan suggested the American side to choose who she chooses – Turkey and the Syrian Kurds.
17 February in the area of military buildings in Ankara — the Turkish capital — a terrorist act occurred: exploded a car bomb. The victims were 28 people, more than 60 injured. The Turkish authorities laid the blame for the explosion on the Syrian Kurds, however, the leader “the Democratic Union of Kurdistan” denied involvement in the attack. Later the responsibility for what happened took on an armed group of “Free hawks of Kurdistan” associated with the Kurdistan workers party.