Turkey Summons Russian, Iranian Envoys Over Syria Safe Zone Violation

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, January 10, 2018.

While the USA views the Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) militia as the most effective fighting force on the ground against Islamic State (IS) extremists, Ankara calls it a "terrorist" organisation linked to outlawed Kurdish militants in Turkey.

Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview broadcast on Turkish TV channels,"Iran and Russian Federation need to carry out their responsibilities".

However, Syrian regime forces, with Russian backing have stepped up attacks trying to regain control of the area controlled by the rebels.

For is part, Zarif stressed Iran's commitment to cooperate with Russia and Turkey to find a way to reach a political settlement in Syria, hailing the effective impact of Russian-Iranian cooperation in fighting terrorism and extremism in the region.

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The official also pointed at the fact that fresh conflict in northern Syria could trigger more displacement on its southern border.

Ankara has already summoned the Russian and Iranian ambassadors, in the biggest public flare-up of tensions with Moscow and Tehran in months.

The ministry has written to the chiefs of the Turkish army and intelligence service to insist that the terms of a cease-fire are upheld, the newspaper said.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that relations with the United States were harmed by Washington's refusal to extradite cleric Fetullah Gulen and its provision of arms to the Kurdish militant YPG. Secondly, that is also an attempt to destroy our relations with partners, Turkey and Iran.

Citing an anonymous diplomatic source, Anadolu news agency said that US Embassy Charge d'Affaires Philip Kosnett was summoned on Wednesday, without offering any further details.

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