Erdogan Discusses Turkey’s Syria Incursion Plans with Putin | world news

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed Ankara’s planned military operation in northern Syria and the war in Ukraine with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Erdogan’s office said Monday.

In recent days, Erdogan said Turkey would launch a cross-border incursion against Kurdish militants in Syria to create a buffer zone 30 kilometers (19 miles) deep. He told Putin in a phone call that the border zone was agreed in 2019 but not implemented, the Turkish presidency said.

Ankara carried out an operation against the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, in October 2019. Russia, the Syrian regime and the United States also have troops in the border region.

Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist group linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which has waged an insurgency against Turkey since 1984, resulting in the deaths of tens of thousands of people.

However, the YPG forms the backbone of US-led forces in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria. The United States has not been happy with Turkey’s previous incursions into Syria.

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Erdogan also told Putin that Turkey was ready to resume a role in ending the war in Ukraine, including participating in a possible “observation mechanism” between Ukraine, Russia and the United Nations, according to the report. communicated.

Negotiations in Istanbul held in March did not advance, but Turkey, which has close ties with Kyiv and Moscow, has repeatedly presented itself as a possible mediator.

The Turkish president also called for peace in Ukraine as soon as possible and for confidence-building measures.

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