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    November 24, 2017

    Erdogan claims Putin shares Turkey's concerns about Syria's Kurds

    November 24, 2017 - Fort Russ News - Paul Antonopoulos

    ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters after returning from the Sochi summit that Russian President Vladimir Putin shares his concerns about the Kurdish Democratic Union Party and the Kurdish People's Protection Units that are a branch of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) that Ankara and Washington recognize as a terrorist organization.

    "We have clearly expressed our stance on the Democratic Union Party and the Self-Defense Forces," the Haberturk TV channel quotes him as saying on Friday. 

    "Putin shares our concern about the issue, but there is no similar attitude on the part of the United States and the international anti-terrorism coalition," he stressed.

    According to Erdogan, he "can hold a telephone conversation with [US President Donald] Trump to ask him personally why arms continue to be supplied to the Kurds in Syria."

    "Where and why do they still supply weapons? They used to say that there are militants of the Islamic State [ISIS] there. However, this region has already been cleared of them," the Turkish president noted.

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