In a phone chat with his Russian colleague on Thursday, Turkish President Erdogan urged for real actions to rid northern Syria of the PKK/PYD/YPG terror organisation.
“Concrete steps should now be done to eradicate PKK/PYD/YPG terror groups, particularly from Tal Rifaat, Manbij in northern Syria, close Turkey’s border,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Vladimir Putin, according to a Turkish Communications Directorate statement.
Turkey is strengthening infrastructure to transform the country into a gas hub and will take real steps by creating a roadmap “as soon as possible,” according to Erdogan.
He also stated that Moscow and Kyiv’s appeals for peace and discussions should be backed up by a unilateral cease-fire in order to find a fair solution.
Over the course of its more than 35-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – designated as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union – has killed over 40,000 people, including women, children, and babies. The YPG is the PKK’s Syrian branch.