The recent statement of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on an agreement between the Syrian government and Kurdish forces operating in the area of the Syrian city of Manbij allows to make important conclusions about the Turksih attitude towards the ongoing conflict in Syria.
“Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Ankara the report was false, but added there was an agreement with Russia that Syrian government and opposition forces should not fight each other in that area,” Reuters reported on the issue.
At the same time, the Turkish Hurriyetdailynews daily provides more details:
“We do not want any of our allies to stand with terrorist groups. We stated earlier that Turkey will hit the YPG unless they withdraw from Manbij,” he said.
Cavusoğlu also said that with an operation on Manbij, the aim is to leave the area to “its true owners.”
An aggressive attitude of the Turkish leadership clearly aims on seizing and even an annexation of the Syrian territory.
It hard to believe that US or Russian diplomats make a statement announcing that they are strongly against political negotiations in another state.
Can somebody immagine a situation when White House complains about peace negotiations between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Turkish government? Or can we immagine Russia says that it’s against negotiations between the Ukrainian government and representatives of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics?
The US, Russia and other actors of the international relations make such “controversial” statements using their proxies.
Cavusoglu’s statement is an important signal depicting the ongoing restructurisation of the international relations.