Turkey summons US Chargé d'Affaires over Syria issue


Turkey is the biggest Muslim majority country in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and an important USA ally in the Middle East. Contacts aimed at finding a political solution to the Syrian crisis will continue at various levels, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists commenting on reports about the Russian and Iranian ambassadors being summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry over ceasefire violations in the Idlib de-escalation zone allegedly committed by Damascus' forces. "They should realize their duties as guarantor countries", Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday.

Turkey has accused the Syrian government of using the presence of the Nusra Front, which now fights under the banner of the Tahrir al-Sham alliance, as an excuse to attack civilians and moderate opposition groups.

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Turkey has been moving military equipment to its border with Syria since June 21, 2017.

"Iran and Russian Federation need to carry out their responsibilities". They gave no details of Ankara's concerns. Parties are still carrying on talks for the list of participants.

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Furthermore, the offensive could lead to collapse of Astana process and eventually the hardly established cease-fire in de-escalation zones. Ankara considers the regime offensive, supported by Iran-backed militias and Russian air power, aims to recover more territory from the rebels.

The YPG is supported by United States with arms and training which angers Turkey.

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The Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the U.S. charge d'affaires to voice its displeasure over Washington's arming and training of the YPG Syrian Kurdish militia in Syria, the sources said.