Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Monday that Turkey will soon launch new military operations on the southern borders to create 30-kilometer-wide security zones in order to combat the terrorist threat in those regions, Reuters reports.
The operations will be launched as soon as the military, intelligence and security forces complete the preparations for this purpose, Erdogan said, without giving further details.
The Turkish president also stated that the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis “no longer exists” for him, accusing him of trying to block the sale of F16 planes to Turkey, according to agerpres.ro.
“We have agreed not to include third countries in our dispute with him. Despite this, he visited the United States last week and spoke in Congress, warning him not to give us F16 planes, “Erdogan told a news conference after the weekly cabinet meeting.
Erdogan says Turkey to launch military operations on southern borders amid strained relations with Greece
The Greek Prime Minister “no longer exists for me. I will never agree to meet him. We will continue our journey with honorable politicians “, the Turkish president underlined.
Why Turkey is fighting in Syria
It is unbelievable how Turkey’s military operation in northeastern Syria is being reinvented in the US media as an attack on the Kurds, weakening the fight against the remnants of Daesh (or the so-called Islamic State) and damaging the credibility of America and its allies. I am obliged to come with some clarifications, because the NATO alliance that Turkey has had with the United States for 67 years is neither temporary, tactical nor transactional.
Turkey has launched an operation to ensure its national security by eliminating the danger posed by terrorists along its border areas. This operation will free the Syrians living there from the tyranny of terrorist organizations and eliminate the threat to Syria’s territorial integrity and political unity. These two developments would facilitate the safe and voluntary return of displaced Syrians.
Turkey has never accepted a corridor led by a terrorist group on its border. I have repeatedly proposed the creation of a security zone, including at the United Nations General Assembly. I have called on the United States to stop providing material support to terrorists.
However, the US security bureaucracy could not detach itself from the group briefly known as the PYD / YPG. The Kurdistan Workers’ Party or PKK in Turkey, which is recognized as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union and NATO alike.
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