Russia says it will keep YPG ties despite Turkish objection

Prior to Erdogan’s trip to Washington in which he plans to press the Syrian Kurd issue with Trump, Putin said while in China that Russia will continue to maintain ties with the YPG, as the Kurdish militant group is fighting terrorists in Syria, Hurriyet Daily News. Erdogan and Ankara are currently angry over Washington’s recent announcement of planned arms shipments to the YPG ahead of an attempt to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State. Turkey considers the YPG a terror group and an offshoot of the PKK.

 

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