Erdogan Told Trump That He Will ‘Never Declare A Ceasefire’ In Northern Syria
As international calls for a ceasefire in northern Syria grow louder, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a resounding no to President Donald Trump, according to The Independent.
“They say ‘declare a ceasefire’. We could never declare a ceasefire,” Erdogan reportedly said. He also told reporters that he is not concerned about the arrival of Syrian government forces but wants all Syrian Kurdish fighters out of the area.
Turkey “cannot declare a ceasefire until we clear this region,” Erdogan said.
The Russian military has entered the fray, moving in to create a buffer between Syrian and Turkish forces. President Vladimir Putin reportedly spoke with Erdogan regarding the situation, at which time Putin “noted the need to prevent conflicts between Turkish army units and Syrian government forces.”
Erdogan is expected to visit Moscow, at the request of his Russian counterpart, “in the nearest days”.
Putin also stressed during the discussion that ISIS fighters currently held by Kurdish forces must not be allowed to escape, after reports that many militants and their family members have already fled custody.