Turkey is hoping that NATO will save them from the US and the Kurds. It’s going before NATO to complain about the US arming and training the Kurds for border security in Northern Syria.
Turkey is taking its case against the United States’ formation of a border force in northern Syria to NATO.
Turkey “will not allow an extension of the PKK to be given support and armed under the guise of being an ‘operational partner,’” Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar said at a NATO meeting in Brussels on Tuesday.
He said that fighting the PKK, and the Kurdish groups in northern Syria PYD and YPG, is “just as important” as fighting ISIS, Hurriyet Daily News reported.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered a similar message to the secretary general of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, telling him in a phone call on Tuesday that Turkey will not accept an SDF force in Syria and will take all necessary measures to protect its own security, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.
Ankara is outraged over the United States’ confirmation they are creating a 30,000-strong border force with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to secure the Rojava borders.
Erdogan has slammed the military alliance for not taking action. “Hey NATO! You are duty-bound to take a stand with your partners in the event of any border aggression,” he said in a recent speech to his party.
“Until now, what position have you taken?” he demanded to know.
He said he had not considered calling US President Donald Trump to attempt to resolve the matter. “As long as he does not turn to me, I won’t turn to him,” he said.