Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that his forces would “crush the heads” of Syrian Kurdish forces if they did not complete a pullout from the border area.
Speaking Saturday at a ceremony in Kayseri, central Turkey, the president added that Ankara would “implement its own plans” if Ankara could not reach a solution with Russia on the Syrian forces deployed in the country’s north.
Erdogan said he planned to discuss the deployment of Syrian forces in a “safe zone” in Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week.
“Yesterday I I held talks with US President Donald Trump. On Tuesday, we will continue the dialogue with Mr. Putin. In the area where the operation is taking place, the troops of the regime [of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad] are under the protection of Russia. We will discuss this with Mr. Putin,” Erdogan said.