ANKARA - *Turkey's president has criticized NATO for not supporting the country's ongoing military operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters in Syria.*
AP reported that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday: "Hey NATO, where are you?". AP reported Erdogan accused the alliance of double standards.
He said Turkey sent troops to conflict zones when requested, but did not receive support in return.
Turkey launched a solo military offensive against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units or YPG on Jan. 20 to clear them from Afrin in northwestern Syria. The country considers the YPG a terror organization but its NATO ally, the United States, backs the fighters to combat Daesh group.
Erdogan urged NATO to come to the aid of Turkey , saying its borders are "under threat right now."
According to RT, the Turkish leader also reiterated his earlier statements, that his only goal in Syria was the “fight against terrorism.” When Ankara reaches it, the troops will be pulled out of the country, he stated.
“Turkey’s goal is not capture of the territories of the other states, but only elimination of the terrorism threat in the region. Turkey will fight terrorists anywhere they operate,” Erdogan said, once again promising new military operations in Syria, including in the areas held by the US-backed Kurdish-led militias.
Washington has repeatedly called upon Turkey to stop its “aggression” against the Afrin region, omitting the fact that the US-led coalition itself spent years in Syria without any invitation from the government or international approval, RT reported.
The recent UNSC resolution, which urged a 30-days Syria-wide ceasefire, has been also used to call upon Erdogan to halt their operations.
RT quoted US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as saying in February: “Turkey is more than welcome to go back and read the exact text of this UN Security Council resolution, and I would suggest that they do so.”
At the time she said that the Afrin region was “certainly within Syria.” - Agencies