Turkiey will coordinate its air operation against Kurdish militias in Syria’s Afrin with Iran and Russia, the country’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told CNN Turk on January 18. The minister added that Moscow should not oppose the opeartion and Ankara will coordinate on the situation of Russian observers in the area.
Meanwhile, Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar and National Intelligence Organization (MİT) Undersecretary Hakan Fidan departed for Moscow for talks on Syria with Russian Chief of General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov and other officials.
The meeting comes amid public preparations of the Turkish Armed Forces for the operation in Afri. The area is controlled by the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its armed-wing the People’s Protection Units (YPG). The both organizations are described by Ankara as terror groups and local affilates of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).