Russia: The US should transfer its territory in Syria to Assad


Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has invited US President Donald Trump to visit Turkey in 2019 following a visit by US military officials this week.

A senior U.S. official said Trump had not discussed the pullout decision with Erdogan in advance.

Erdogan welcomed Trump's abrupt decision last week to withdraw American troops from Syria. Moscow, for its part, said that a meeting with Erdogan in coming days is now not on Putin's agenda, according to Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov.

"If France is staying in Syria to protect the YPG, that will neither benefit France nor the YPG", he said, referring to the main Kurdish militia in Syria, adding that Turkey would take its cues on the matter from Washington, rather than Paris.

The deployment was coordinated with the US-backed militia in Manbij, the spokesman for the Manbij Military Council said.

ISIS militants have stepped-up attacks on SDF forces in Syria's east since the U.S. announced plans to withdraw, Europe-based activist Omar Abu Layla of the DeirEzzor 24 monitoring group told The National on Wednesday.

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A senior Syrian Kurdish official said they were reaching out for help to protect the Kurdish-administered areas against a possible Turkish offensive following the USA withdrawal, adding that they were in talks with Russian Federation, the Syrian government and European countries.

The last pockets of ISIS are in fact in eastern and central Syria, hundreds of kilometres away from the northern areas of the country which the Turkish military and Syrian rebels are accustomed to and where they led two offensives in 2016 and 2018. Moscow has also been providing humanitarian aid to residents of the crisis-torn country. According to a translation of the Turkish president's words on Thursday during a previously planned summit with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Ankara, journalist Abdullah Bozkurt reports, "Turkish president Erdogan says Turkey won't support us sanctions on Iran which he claims puts regional security and stability at risk, vows to take all measures to minimize impact of sanctions on trade between the two countries, pledges support to Iran in hard times".

Erdogan's spokesperson said on Monday that U.S. military officials will come to Turkey this week to discuss coordination on Syria. Turkish Anadolu Agency reported the defense minister promised to "bury" the Syrian Kurds.

But despite the multi-billion-dollar weapons sale, hawks in Congress and in the president's own administration will use Erdogan's Thursday announcement to "stand by Iran" as fodder for arguing against bringing the troops home, and continuing Syria ground operations in order to counter Iranian expansion.

Turkey's foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters at a briefing for domestic media that Ankara aimed to cross to the east of the Euphrates as soon as possible, the Hurriyet newspaper said, without giving further details.

Erdogan and Netanyahu have on numerous occasions verbally clashed, with the Turkish president accusing Israel of "thuggery, violence and state terror" amid the Palestinians' Great March of Return The row between the Turkish and Israeli leaders flared following the recent escalation of tensions on the Israel-Gaza border, which claimed lives of four Palestinians on Friday. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.