The Guardian: US decision to arm Kurds in Syria poses threat to Turkey, says Ankara
Foreign minister criticises US decision but muted Turkish response seen as bid to avoid raising tensions before Trump-Erdoğan meeting
The Turkish government has criticised a US decision to directly arm Kurdish militants in Syria as a “threat to Turkey” – the first diplomatic scuffle between the two Nato powers since President Donald Trump took office.
But the muted response to the American deal, which is likely to be seen in Turkey as a betrayal of a key regional ally, highlighted the efforts to avoid raising tensions with Trump’s administration ahead of his face-to-face meeting with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, later this month.
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WNU Editor: If this is what the YPG is going to get, I can understand why the Turks are concerned .... US to arm YPG with heavy weapons, heat-seeking missiles: YPG official (Daily Sabah).
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