Erdoğan aide calls on Russia, US to honor their parts of Syria agreements

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İbrahim Kalın, spokesman of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

Turkey reiterated its call on Russia and the United States to fulfill the agreements reached with Ankara in October to eliminate Kurdish militia from northeastern Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s spokesperson said on Tuesday.

İbrahim Kalın said there were difficulties in the field but that if the US and Russia did not do their part there would be a humanitarian tragedy in the region.

Turkey’s foreign minister also raised similar concerns on Monday.

“Have they fulfilled whatever was necessary under the agreements? No, they have not as of now. But they should,” Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told members of the Turkish parliament’s planning and budget committee.

Russia’s Ministry of Defense said on Tuesday it was puzzled by Çavuşoğlu’s statement on several different levels and that Moscow had carried out in full its obligations under the Putin-Erdoğan deal.

Turkey launched a Syria incursion on Oct. 9 targeting the Kurdish militia and halted it after a series of talks with US and Russian leaders.

Çavuşoğlu threatened that Turkey would attack in northeastern Syria if the partners failed to live up to their agreements.

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