A decision by the United States to continue funding the PYD/YPG will affect Turkey’s future moves, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, ahead of a visit this week by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
“The US decision to provide financial support to the YPG will affect Turkey’s decisions. The support will allegedly reach billion,” Erdogan said.
He added that "all truths will be discussed" when US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits Turkey this week.
His comments followed the release of the US Department of Defence’s 2019 budget, which includes requests for funds to train and equip local forces in the fight against ISIS in Syria.
The Pentagon requested 0 million for Syrian “train and equip activities” and 0 million for border security requirements, according to a copy of the budget. While it did not specify how much of this, if any, was earmarked for YPG-led forces, according to Reuters.
“It will be better for them not to stand with the terrorists they support today. I am calling on the people of the United States, this money is coming out of the budget of the United States, it is coming out of people’s pockets.”
Turkey last month launched the “Operation Olive Branch” to sweep YPG from its southern border. It has also threatened to press on to the Syrian town of Manbij, under the control of a YPG-led force, and has warned American troops stationed there not to get in the way.
The US has supported the PYD/YPG, viewed by Ankara as the Syrian offshoot of the PKK, under the name of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).