Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Tuesday that Washington’s decision to give financial support to the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia will affect Ankara’s decisions.
“We have 911 kilometers of border with Syria. What is their [US’] connection with the Syrian border? They have already spent 550 million dollars [to help the YPG], but now they want to increase this figure to three billion,” Erdogan said during an address to the members of his ruling AK Party.
You say that you are fighting against Daesh. And how many Daesh members did you destroy? Those who fought against Daesh are now fighting against Turkey. No one has the right to use Daesh as an excuse. It’s time to finish this theater with Daesh, it’s time to remove the masks,” the Turkish president said, referring to Arabic acronym of Takfiri group, ISIL.
Erdogan stated that a decision by the US to continue to fund the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia will affect Turkey’s decisions.
“We are told: ‘If we are hit, we will respond.’ Those who say this, have never tried an Ottoman fist in their life,” the Turkish president added.
The president has slammed Washington, saying that as NATO members, Turkey and the US are equal.
“If you say that the YPG is not a terrorist organization in our opinion if you are attacking a NATO ally, you should stand against it as a member of NATO,” he said, adding that the US “wants us to surrender to terrorists.”
Earlier this month, Erdogan said that US presence in Syria’s town of Manbij was aimed against Turkey, Iran and maybe Russia.