Support the actions of Ankara
“We agreed during our talks with Prime Minister of Turkey that the Syrian Kurds will not go to the West of the Euphrates. If they do, under any circumstances, they will not receive support from the United States,” said Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday at a joint press conference with Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim (quoted by RIA news) . If they do, you can not expect and will not receive the support of Washington, has said Vice-President of the United States, arrived in Turkey on a visit after a failed first coup attempt on August 15.
On the day of Biden’s visit, Turkey started a massive military operation in Syria, using aircraft, artillery and special forces. Help Ankara provide the strength of the US-led coalition. Turkish President Erdogan said this morning that the operation was aimed against the terrorist organization “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in Russia), and Kurdish self-defense forces. Turkey intends to “put an end” to the attacks in the border area, said Erdogan.
Tanks moved into Syria near the Syrian city Dzharablus (located near the border with Turkey, about 80 km East of Aleppo and 30 km West of the city Kobane) in the framework of the operation “shield of the Euphrates. A Reuters reporter saw at the border of the six tanks. At the same time strikes were Turkish planes and artillery.
The United States will provide aid to Turkey if she plans operation against ISIS in the area of Dzharablus, said a senior official of the us administration, as quoted by Bloomberg. However, according to him, military actions should not touch the Kurds. Dzharablus controlled by ISIS and used as a transit point to smuggle weapons from Turkey to Syria.
The US over the Syrian conflict supported the Kurds, in fact, created the Autonomous region in the North of Syria. Turkey will never accept the creation of a new Kurdish formation in Syria, its territorial integrity must be preserved, said Prime Minister Yildirim.
The fate of the Gulen court will decide
A significant part of the press conference was devoted to the situation around Fethullah Gulen extradition which requires Ankara. Turkish authorities blamed Gulen in the organization of a coup attempt in Turkey on August 18. Since 1999 he lives in the US in voluntary exile. Biden said that the US has no interest in defending someone who has caused harm to, a US ally, but it must be observed the legal procedures. Turkey, according to Prime Minister, demands that the process of extradition of gülen, was held without delay. The same at the meeting with the Vice-President of the United States, which will take place later today, is going to demand the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. While Biden wilted that the United States will continue to provide the necessary information Turkey.
Biden during his visit, which was accompanied by protests against U.S. support of Gulen, stated that he feels guilt for having not visited Turkey before, just after the coup attempt. The first foreign leader who called Erdogan with the words of support were the President of Russia Vladimir Putin. His first foreign visit after the crisis, Erdogan made in Russia for normalization of relations between the two countries.