Turkey 'Summons Top US Diplomat' Over Syria Kurd Forces

Kremlin close Russia-Iran-Turkey dialogue on Syria to continue

Earlier Russia's Ambassador to Ankara Alexei Yerkhov and Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian Fard were summoned to the ministry for the same reason.

The escalation of the fighting between Syrian government troops openly aided and abetted by Russian Federation and Iran on one hand and opposition militias deployed in the Idlib province - the only major swath of territory still in the hands of the opposition - is sparking a Turkish outcry for fear that the onslaught on opposition risks destroying the very foundation of the "de- escalation zone" arrangement in the province.

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

"Iran and Russian Federation should fulfil their responsibility".

For is part, Zarif stressed Iran's commitment to cooperate with Russia and Turkey to find a way to reach a political settlement in Syria, hailing the effective impact of Russian-Iranian cooperation in fighting terrorism and extremism in the region. "They have a different intention".

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Turkey is irked with Russian Federation for inviting Syrian Kurdish militia, the Peoples' Protection Units (YPG), which controls much of northeast Syria but is viewed by Ankara as a terror group and offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), to the planned meeting in Sochi.

Cavusoglu repeated Turkey's red line over its presence in Sochi by saying that: "We have said we will not be in any environment... where the YPG is present". According to a Turkish diplomatic source, the ministry "voiced its reaction and concerns in this regard, also asking them to convey the information to the [Syrian] regime in order to make it stop such actions".

The Syria issue was discussed when Kosnett was summoned to the ministry, the source said.

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.

Idlib province is nearly entirely controlled by anti-government forces that are dominated by a jihadist outfit known as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) consisting mostly of former fighters from the Al-Nusra Front, an Al Qaeda affiliate.

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