The Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) has warned that a Turkish-Syrian rapprochement is primarily a means to fight the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES), reported North Press Agency.
The statement from SDC official Amal Dada comes as Turkey enters “a new phase” in its war strategy, with an expected ground operation into North and East Syria.
Dada said that the policy of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Moscow-backed tripartite negotiations is focused on fighting the Syrian Democratic Forces.
Dada underlined that the Turkish government is convinced that the quickest and easiest way to achieve its purpose in “the Syrian issue” is through Russia’s role as mediator.
“Russia managed to find common ground between the two parties [Syria and Turkey], especially in the work against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and AANES through gaining more leverage by trying to pull the Islamic State Organisation (ISIS) card out of the US and the US-led Global Coalition’s hands,” said Dada.
Meanwhile, SDC officials repeatedly claim that the trilateral negotiations among Damascus, Ankara and Moscow threaten the US presence in Syria, reported North Press.
Aiming to renew the rapport broken since the Syrian civil war began in 2011, Turkey officials say that they will imminently launch a ground operation against Kurdish forces in North and East Syria.
Turkey has for years expressed an intent to establish a 30-kilometre deep “safe zone” by clearing the borders of Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).