Turkey threatens Russia "if the agreement was violated, we have Plan B"

Turkey threatens Russia "if the agreement was violated, we have Plan B"

Turkey has warned that if violations of the 'safe zone' peace deal with Syria's north-west continue, Ankara will begin implementation of Plan B.

According to the Al Jazeera report, Turkish Defense Minister Holosi Akar said that "if the agreement was violated, we have Plan B and Plan C".

The Turkish Defense Minister made it clear that 'we say at all times do not force us otherwise our Plan B and Plan C is ready'.

He went on to explain the details of Plan B and C but cited Ankara's military actions in 2016.

The Turkish Defense Minister said, "According to the agreement, our checkpoints will remain here. Even if there is a barrier, we have clearly said that we will do whatever is necessary."

It should be noted that as of the 2018 agreement with Russia, Turkey has established 12 posts in the Idlib.

Turkish security sources said three of these posts were surrounded by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government forces this week.

To which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Damascus to withdraw from the checkpoints later this month, if he did not do so, Ankara (through military action) would send him back.

He also called on Russia to persuade the Syrian government to halt the ongoing operation.

It should be noted that the agreement between Turkey and Russia to keep Syrian Kurdish forces (PYG) 30 km from the Turkish border was reached.

Under the agreement, the forces of the two countries will jointly patrol in the 'safe zone'.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on the deal that it would end the bloodshed in the region.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the other hand, criticized the western states and accused them of supporting terrorists in Syria's Kurdish operations against Turkey.

Ankara believes that the YPG is a sub-terrorist organization of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has been trying to revolt in Turkey since 1984.

Ankara, the US and EU have declared PKK a blacklisted terrorist organization.

Military action against Ankara's Kurdish forces has been widely criticized internationally and NATO countries have suspended the sale of new weapons.

NATO Secretary-General Janssen Stoltenberg has repeatedly expressed "deep concern" over the operation that began October 9 to push Syrian Kurdish forces back to the border.


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