According to experts, the US has no choice but to cooperate with Turkey in Syria.
Ankara has expressed its readiness to take part in joint military operations with the US to liberate the Syrian city of Al-Raqqah from Islamic State (IS) terrorists, the Hurriyet newspaper reported. According to experts, Americans have no choice but to cooperate with Turkey in Syria.
As Turkish President Recep Erdogan said after his returning from the G20 summit, it is very comfortable for Turkish military to work with the US in the town of al-Rai in Aleppo province. In addition, military of the two countries cooperates in Jarablus.
The Turkish President added that a plan of the joint military operation to clear the 40 km deep plot along the 95-kilometer section of the Syrian-Turkish border from IS terrorists was discussed in November 2015, during a meeting between the US and Turkey’s officials in Antalya. However, an implementation of the plan was delayed.
As a political scientist Igor Ryabov told the FAN news agency, the US just has no choice but to have a close cooperation with Turkey on the Syrian issue. The expert noted that when Turkey has entered the Syrian city of Jarablus, the US spoke in a very different tone.
“Like, it is unacceptable to conduct military operations without taking into account the point of view of the US. Washington was offended that the Turkish government took a decision about the military operations right after talks with Putin,” Ryabov said.
But now, the external sides of the Syrian conflict met at the summit in China, and after personal negotiations a general direction to solve problems with terrorists in the north of Turkey was outlined.
“And the US took so friendly position that it is impossible to understand immediately that it is the same country, which actually sparked the conflict in Syria, supporting radical militant groups,” the expert noted.
According to Ryabov, it is obvious that the rhetoric about inevitability of stepping down of Syrian head Bashar Assad has suddenly disappeared from the agenda. Now not Assad, but armed groups that captured Al-Raqqah and Aleppo, and have hitherto been one of the sides of the negotiation process, are terrorists.
The expert pointed out that Turkey will get its share of control over the northern part of Syria, to which it always sought. Ryabov thinks that this became possible, after Erdogan gave serious guarantees to Russia that he will stop to support militants and terrorists, buying stolen oil from them. Judging by the fact that media do not report about ‘mysterious convoys’ that go from Syria to Turkey, this traffic does not exist today. According to the political scientist, Americans want to forget the story about failed coup, since they have not denied Erdogan’s allegations that the coup was organized with their support. However, the Turkish President will not forget this, and his assurances of friendship are just an eastern trick.