Turkey agrees with United States to suspend military operation in Syria
the parties agreed that the United States will facilitate the withdrawal of Kurdish military formations.
Following talks with Turkish President Recep Erdogan, US Vice President Mike Pence said the countries agreed on a ceasefire in Syria, RIA Novosti reports.
“Turkey will cease fire in order to allow YPG forces to enter the security zone within 120 hours. All military operations under the auspices of the Source of Peace will be stopped immediately after the withdrawal of YPG forces,” Pence told the Fox News.
According to him, the parties agreed that the United States will facilitate the withdrawal of Kurdish military formations. At the same time, the demarcation line, beyond which the Kurdish formations will withdraw, will run approximately 30 kilometers south of the Syrian border with Turkey. Washington received guarantees from the Kurds about their organized departure from the border with Turkey.
The vice president also said that the United States does not intend to conduct hostilities in northeast Syria and will limit itselft to diplomacy. “The President (Donald Trump) has clearly stated that our military will not be there... We will not take part in the situation in the military aspect,” Pence said. He also promised that the United States did not plan to impose additional sanctions against Turkey because of Syria. He added that Trump is ready to withdraw the economic sanctions imposed against Ankara, as Turkey ceases fire in Syria.
Later, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu noted that Ankara received “what it wanted” from the United States – the Kurds in Syria will surrender their weapons. According to him, after the withdrawal of forces, it will be possible to talk about the completion of the Turkish operation in Syria.
On October 9, Erdogan announced the launch of ‘Source of Peace’ operation in northern Syria against the Kurdistan Workers Party and the Islamic State terrorist group (banned in Russia and Turkey). The Turkish aviation attacked the city of Ras al-Ain and a number of other Syrian cities on the border of the two countries on the same day.
Later the ground offensive was launched. On Saturday, the Turkish Ministry of Defense reported that the Turkish military and the Syrian armed opposition took control of Ras al-Ain, and on Sunday it was announced that they would take control of the city of Tell Abyad.