Turkey summons U.S. diplomat for supporting Syrian Kurd group

Ankara has stepped up pressure on Moscow and Tehran as the bombardments on Idlib intensified

Ankara has stepped up pressure on Moscow and Tehran as the bombardments on Idlib intensified

Ankara believes Washington is continuing to provide heavy weapons to the YPG even though the fight against ISIL is nearing an end.

"Iran and Russian Federation need to carry out their responsibilities".

Humanitarian aid organisations, rescuers and activists allege the Syrian and Russian air forces have struck hospitals, schools and marketplaces in congested residential areas in rebel-held towns.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that relations with the United States were harmed by Washington's refusal to extradite cleric Fetullah Gulen and its provision of arms to the Kurdish militant YPG. Parties are still carrying on talks for the list of participants.

The Turkish president told his Russian counterpart he should stop Syrian attacks on its opposition in northern Syria if he wants peace negotiations to succeed.

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Ankara has already summoned the Russian and Iranian ambassadors, in the biggest public flare-up of tensions with Moscow and Tehran in months. Iran has its own strategic goals in "finishing off" what remains from the opposition forces in Idlib.

According to diplomatic sources, at the meeting the Turkish side expressed its concern over the U.S. support for Syria's Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD).

The ministry has written to the chiefs of the Turkish army and intelligence service to insist that the terms of a cease-fire are upheld, the newspaper said.

On Thursday, Moscow attempted to ease the strain with Ankara as President Vladimir Putin said the attack at Russian air base was a provocation, aimed at undermining Russia's relations with its partners, including Turkey.

Turkey on January 10 summoned the charge d'affairs of the United States Embassy in Ankara, Philip Kosnett, over reports that USA troops had started training the YPG in northern Syria, a development that could strain already fragile relations between the two allies.

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