US President Donald Trump threatened Turkey with economic devastation if it attacks a US-allied Kurdish militia in Syria, weakening Turkey’s currency and prompting sharp criticism from Ankara on Monday (Jan. 14), Reuters reported.
Trump said on Sunday the United States was starting the military pullout from Syria that he announced in December, saying it was continuing to hit ISIS there.
“Will attack again from existing nearby base if it reforms. Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds. Create 20 mile safe zone. Likewise, do not want the Kurds to provoke Turkey,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Turkey’s presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Trump should respect Washington’s alliance with Ankara.
Mr DonaldTrump It is a fatal mistake to equate Syrian Kurds with the PKK, which is on the US terrorists list, and its Syria branch PYD/YPG, spokesman Ibrahim Kalin wrote on Twitter.
“Terrorists can’t be your partners and allies. Turkey expects the US to honor our strategic partnership and doesn’t want it to be shadowed by terrorist propaganda,” he added.
Trump gave no details about the safe zone proposal. He announced last month he would withdraw US forces from Syria, declaring they had succeeded in their mission to defeat ISIS and were no longer needed.