Turkey refuses to attend upcoming Sochi congress on Syria

Turkey refuses to attend upcoming Sochi congress on Syria

Turkey refuses to attend upcoming Sochi congress on Syria

Six people surrendered to police on Thursday over alleged links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the defeated 2016 coup attempt in Turkey. Assad has defeated rebels in many parts of western Syria with critical help from Russian Federation and Iran.

On Jan. 10, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the main disagreements between Turkey and the USA are related to the fact that Washington is arming the Syrian wings of the PKK - PYD and YPG - and has not yet fulfilled Ankara's demand on extradition of the leader of FETO terrorist organization.

Russia's ambassador to Ankara, Alexei Yerkhov and Iranian ambassador Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian Fard were called in to express Turkey's discontent over the continuing attacks in Idlib. The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also called out Russian Federation and Iran to stick to the joint accord they signed with Turkey past year agreeing on a "de-escalation zone" in Idlib which were set up to scale back the conflict. It has repeatedly condemned Washington's support for the YPG.

Lavrov noted that Moscow and Tehran have reached an important stage in preparation for implementing the initiative launched by Russia, Iran and Turkey to organize the Sochi Congress. Turkey and the United States have been at loggerheads over Washington's policy of support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara views as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) waging an insurgency in southeastern Turkey.

Earlier, Cavusoglu said the country doesn't rule out a new military operation against YPG and PYD in Afrin. In other words, the perpetrators of the drone attacks were not local rebels under Turkey's supervision.

The three countries had agreed a year ago to establish a "de-escalation zone" in the opposition-held Idlib province and surrounding region, which borders Turkey. The Russian defense ministry implied such technologies ware given to the rebels by Western (US) intelligence services and has rejected denials from the Pentagon to the contrary.

Violence in Idlib region has recently escalated, with Syrian government forces, supported by Russian Federation, trying to regain control of the rebel-held area. The moderate Syrian opposition in Idlib province seems to have been abandoned by Turkey and the U.S. and their Arab sponsors to the mercy of Russian-supported pro-al-Assad forces.

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