Tensions between Russia and Turkey have been going on for a while but the conflict seems to be escalating further as both countries make their moves in and out of Syria. Turkey warned Russia about terror attacks on its soil while Kurds warned Ankara about doing anything in Syria as it can potentially lead to a big war.
Turkey issued a warning against Russia saying that it will hold accountable for terror attacks on its territory after the deadly car bombing in Ankara on top of tensions over the Syrian conflict. According to a report from the Financial Times, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu claimed that the fatal car bombing was carried out by YPG member Salih Necar. Turkey considers YPG, a Syrian Kurdish militia, as a terrorist group. Russia, on the other hand, vowed to protect Kurdish fighters in Syria should Turkey make an offensive move in Syria.
“I am warning Russia once more,” said Davutoglu in a televised statement. “If these terror attacks continue, they will be as responsible as the YPG,” the prime minister added. Russia refuted claims that it is connected with the terrorist attacks. Kurds, on the other hand, said that things can escalate to a big war if Turkey makes a move in Syria.
“We take this threat very seriously because the ruling party in Turkey is a party of war,” Bloomberg quoted Rodi Osman, head of the Syrian Kurds’ newly-opened representative office. “Russia will respond if there is an invasion. This isn’t only about the Kurds, they will defend the territorial sovereignty of Syria,” he said.
As previously reported by Morning News USA, the situation in Syria could turn 360 degrees with the US and Russia finding themselves allied with each other. US views YPG as a strong ally to its fight against the ISIS. Turkey is now bombing YPG. Russia vowed support to YPG.
Syria has been in the middle of conflicting interests which has led to a grave refugee crisis and long drawn out war. World powers are still working on a truce agreement as the deal to halt hostilities in the region does not seem to translate into reality. “We are continuing to liberate our territory and it would go faster if it wasn’t for Turkey,” added Osman.