Erdogan is displeased that the five day pause has resulted in Assad’s SAA manning the Syria-Turkey border. Already making strategic noise about it in advance of his meeting on Tuesday with Putin.
Getting kinda threaty.
#Erdogan Discuss with #Putin Syrian troops deployed in the safe area this week
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Erdogan Discusses With Putin The Deployment Of Syrian Forces In The Safe Area
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday he would discuss the deployment of Syrian government forces in a planned safe area in northern Syria during talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin this week, but warned that Ankara would “implement its plans” unless a solution was found.
Turkey and the United States agreed on Thursday to halt Turkey’s military offensive in northeastern Syria for five days until Kurdish fighters withdraw from the “safe area.”
Erdogan will visit Sochi for talks with Putin on steps to be taken.
At an opening ceremony in the central province of Kayseri, Erdogan said Turkey would “smash the heads” of Kurdish fighters in northern Syria if they did not withdraw from the area within their five-day deadline.
I think I’ve seen this one before.
From the RUDAW piece linked in the Tweet:
Erdogan says won’t let Syrian troops stand in the way of plans for safe zone
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to extend his military operation in northern Syria into regime-held areas if he and Russian President Vladimir Putin cannot strike a deal when they meet on Tuesday.
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Speaking at an event in Kayseri, central Turkey on Saturday, Erdogan implied he was not happy with the arrangement that brings the Syrian Arab Army to the Turkish border.
“There are the [Syrian] regime forces – which are protected by Russia – in a part of the operation’s geography. I will discuss this issue with Mr. Putin on Tuesday because we have to find a solution,” he said.
A solution “has to happen. If not, we will continue with our own plans,” he said. The ultimate goal of Turkey’s operation is for the safe zone to stretch 440 kilometres from the Euphrates River to Iraq.
The five-day ceasefire will expire on Tuesday, coinciding with Erdogan’s visit to Russia