The Russians are warning the US not to go it alone in Syria. They want to be part of the process, especially when it comes to how to approach the “Kurdish problem.” This excerpt appears to be from a pro-Turkish source. You can tell from the matter-of-fact phrase, “U.S. plan to form an army led by the terrorist PKK/PYD……”
Still, this agit prop, such as it is, reveals the growing tension surrounding the “Kurdish problem.” For more on the Kurdish problem, check out our show, iSDaily Monday, from January 15th, 2018.
Russia’s foreign minister on Monday slammed the U.S. plan to form an army led by the terrorist PKK/PYD, warning that it could jeopardize Syria’s territorial integrity.
Speaking at his annual news conference in Moscow, Sergey Lavrov pointed to possible problems that the U.S. plan could cause for Turkey’s ties with Kurds.
“The U.S.’ unilateral, ultimatum-like project, aimed at establishing an army in Syria, may create problems in relations between Turkey and Kurds,” Lavrov said.
He also said U.S. move would lead to the formation of a large isolated area on Syria’s border with Turkey and Iraq.
“This serious issue is leading to worrisome results regarding the steps to be taken for these areas in Syria.”
On Sunday, the U.S.-led international coalition against Daesh announced that it would establish a 30,000-strong new border security force with the SDF — the U.S.-backed group, largely controlled and manned by the PKK/PYD terrorist organization in Syria.
“The coalition is working jointly with the SDF to establish and train the new Syrian Border Security Force (BSF),” Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, officially known as the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), said in a written statement to Anadolu Agency.
“Currently, there are approximately 230 individuals training in the BSF’s inaugural class, with the goal of a final force size of approximately 30,000,” he added.