Monitor: US relationship with the Kurds is not tactical

 An article by US Monitor website by Turkish writer Ambrin Zaman has pointed to a deepening dispute between Turkey and the United States over Ankara's intention to acquire Russian missiles made mainly for targeting NATO aircraft.

Ambrin Zaman believes that NATO allies are very resentful of Ankara over its relationship with Moscow, especially with the United States threatening to launch a series of sanctions and Turkey's refusal to turn a blind eye to its purchase of Russian missiles.

As for the situation in northern Syria, no formula has been reached regarding the "buffer zone". The reason for this is that their efforts to agree on a proposed "buffer zone" along the Syrian-Turkish border have been hampered.

James Jeffrey, chief policy officer at the Donald Trump administration in Syria, acknowledged no progress in a brief and frank interview with the German Marshall Fund.

According to the Monitor, Jeffrey noted that when Trump abruptly announced in December that he had ordered the withdrawal of all troops from Syria, Trump reversed his decision, meaning that while Washington continued to withdraw from northern Syria, his plan was to maintain and during an indefinite period of troops there.

According to the Turkish journalist, Geoffrey's tone seemed to be neutral about Ankara's concerns about the People's Protection Units (YPG), but it seemed to indicate that this was a problem for Ankara alone.

"We have some obligations to the people who fought with us," Jeffrey said of the People's Protection Units (YPG). The Kurds were at the forefront of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who defeated IS overwhelmingly.

"The buffer zone is the best way to do that," Jeffrey said. "In other words, Jeffrey asserts, according to the journalist, what Turkey has claimed all the time, that the buffer zone as envisaged by the United States, will be the basis for protecting north Syria 's people from Turkish attacks.

This represents a change from the State Department's slogan that the US alliance with the People's Protection Units (YPG) is often "temporary, tactical", and that it will be stopped after defeating Daesh.

The Turkish journalist points out that Turkey wants to take the initiative in the proposed "buffer zone". Its main objective is to eliminate of the People and Women Protection Units (YPG, YPJ) politically and militarily.

However, Jeffrey insisted that the differences with Ankara were essentially the depth of the "buffer zone", which he described as "military places with specific functions."

"The differences in approach make any agreement far-fetched," says Kadri Tastan, a senior fellow at the German Marshal's Trust.

Nicholas Danforth, another fellow of the German Marshall Fund said that" Comments Jeffrey does not indicate that we are on the verge of reaching a decision on the core issues between the United States and Turkey."

In a clear sign that the talks had virtually frozen, Jeffrey stopped his frequent trips to Ankara, although he met Defense Minister Khulosi Akkar in Brussels in June. The last time the envoy traveled to Ankara was in April. Perhaps this is because, as Tastan said, "the Americans believe that Turkey will not launch an attack as long as its forces remain in northern Syria, so we do not need buffer zone."

(T/S)

ANHA


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