Iran is unlikely to respond harshly to the Afrin operation as Turkey does not cross Tehran’s “red lines” in Syria.
If Russia continues the heavy bombardment against civilians, it will damage the future of the projected peace congress in Sochi, which aims to provide a political solution to the Syrian crisis.
The main reason for Operation Olive Branch was the U.S.-led coalition’s plan to transform the YPG into a border security force.
While Putin’s announcement of withdrawal from Syria was to convey the message that Russia had won the war and is withdrawing most of its military personnel, the country is scheduled to hold presidential elections in 2018 and Putin, naturally, wants his “victories” to serve him in the election.
Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel presented Mr. Putin an opportunity to strengthen his influence over the Islamic world.
During a press conference with his Russian counterpart, President Erdogan announced that the S-400 deal between the two countries has reached its final stage.
The National Dialogue Congress aimed at “gathering delegates from various political parties, internal and external opposition, ethnic and confessional groups at the negotiating table” is to be held in Sochi, Vladimir Putin said after talks with the Turkish and Iranian presidents who backed the idea.
The move to invite PYD seemed an unnecessary hitch that has the potential to trouble the warming relations between Turkey and Russia. Cavusoglu stated that the participation of the terrorist group in the Syrian National Dialogue Congress would be unacceptable for Turkey. “Our sensitivity about PYD/YPG is obvious,” he added.
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