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A withdrawal of troops of the USA from Syria : Turkey rejects Trump-threat

Turkish foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has criticised US President Donald Trump for his public threats against Turkey from the night, sharp. "Strategic partners are not talking about Twitter and social media with each other," said Cavusoglu on Monday during a press conference with his Luxembourg counterpart, Jean Asselborn. His country would "not be intimidated", said Cavusoglu. At the same time, he was open to claims of Trumps after the establishment of a "security zone" in Syria. The Turkey was not "against" a safety zone.

Trump had warned in the night of Monday the Turkey in two messages on the message channel Twitter prior to the "economic destruction". You should attack Kurdish troops in Northern Syria, Turkey will be destroyed, "economically," wrote Trump on Sunday evening (local time) on Twitter over the Nato partners. "At the same time I don't want the Kurds are provoking Turkey," he added in another message. Trump spoke also of the creation of a safety zone of 32 kilometres, but closer.

Also what did he mean exactly with "economic destruction", Trump. In the past year, he had imposed in the course of the dispute in the Turkey detained US Pastor sanctions against two Turkish Ministers, and punitive tariffs against Ankara increased. So he accelerated the decline of the national currency, the Lira. The sanctions were later lifted.

The Turkey has been planning this for weeks an Offensive against the Kurdish militia YPG, From the point of view of Turkey, it is an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdish workers ' party PKK and thus a terrorist organization.

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At the press conference on Monday, Cavusoglu stated further that he had often said that Turkey will not bow to threats. In addition, the "channels are open". He had just spoken with US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo and will be back on the phone with him. "We can't find the Tweet from Trump ... and especially the tone right," said Cavusoglu. The Turkish government, but I see that on Trump's "huge pressure" laste. "He has decided the withdrawal (of U.S. troops from Syria), but in particular the safety authorities constantly pressure the US to withdraw."

For the United States, which wants to withdraw its troops from Syria, the Kurdish militia YPG is a close ally in the fight against the terrorist militia Islamic state (IS). It dominates areas close to the Turkish border in Northern Syria. The Kurds in Northern Syria fear an attack Turkey if the US soldiers leave the country. Ankara sees Kurdish fighters as terrorists and the extended Arm of the Turkey's outlawed Kurdish workers ' party PKK. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had declared last Tuesday to wish to very soon call for action, "to neutralize these terrorist organizations on Syrian soil".

The Turkish government reacted sharply to the new threat Trumps. The Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim wrote on Twitter: "terrorists can not be your partners and allies." Turkey expect the US to respect the strategic partnership between the two Nato States. You should not be used for terrorist propaganda overshadowed.

The Turkey takes offence at the fact that Turkey wants to attack, according to the US-representation package "Kurds". It is a "fatal error", the PKK, which is also in the USA on the terrorist list, as well as its Syrian offshoot, with the Kurds being equal, warned Kalin. Turkey fights against terrorists, not Kurds. There was no difference between the IS, the PKK and the YPG. "We are against all fighting," wrote Kalin in the most recent clash between the American-Turkish Twitter diplomacy.

In December, Erdogan had put an Offensive against the Kurdish troops for the time being on the ice after the USA had announced their withdrawal from Syria. On Thursday Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stressed the outside in an Interview to the channel NTV, however, that Turkey will make a move, should delay the USA your deduction for a long time. The Turkish state news Agency Anadolu reported on Saturday that Turkey had reinforced its troops on the border with the Kurdish-controlled part of Syria. If it were battle tanks and troops.

Despite the Turkish threats was shown to US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo at the weekend, confident that the United States and Turkey could agree on the protection of the Kurdish troops. He had spoken with the Turkish foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, and although many Details still need to be worked out, he was optimistic that it could achieve a good output, said Pompeo on Saturday during a visit to the United Arab Emirates, according to a copy of the Ministry of foreign Affairs. How this can be done, however, he.

a lack of clarity about plans of the USA

On the concrete withdrawal plans of the USA in addition, since the days of confusion in the United States, because representatives of the government are contradictory to expressed. The US has about 2000 American soldiers in Syria, the fight against the terrorist militia Islamic state (IS). Trump had at 19. December is known to do you want to remove. This triggered fierce criticism and led to the resignation of Secretary of defense James Mattis.

On Friday it was said that the US had begun with the withdrawal of troops. In the night to Saturday, the Pentagon made it clear the speaker but that so far no soldiers had been withdrawn from Syria. First of all, only a series of "logistical measures had been" implemented, he said.

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