Russia will keep YPG ties: Putin
Russia will maintain working contacts with Kurdish groups in Syria despite Turkey’s objections, as they are “fighting against terrorists,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said on May 15.

 “As the Kurdish factor is a real factor in the situation in Syria and Kurdish armed formations are taking part in combat operations against IS and are among the most combat efficient units, we consider it right to maintain working contacts with them, even at least for avoiding possible collisions and situations that could create threats to our servicemen,” the Russian leader said in Beijing.

When asked whether Russia supplies the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) with arms, Putin said that Moscow, “unlike the U.S. doesn’t do that.”

 “Unlike other countries, we do not announce the supply of weapons to Kurdish units, and they do not much need our deliveries,” Putin said.

“They have… other sources of receiving these weapons. We do not believe that we need to somehow intensify this work,” he added.

According to Hurriyet daily news Putin said he had discussed this issue with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who voiced his concern.

“I don’t think there is something here that can cause the concern of our Turkish partners. We are in contact and our position is open and, I hope, will be understood by our Turkish partners,” he said.

Putin said he had also discussed with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Ankara’s concern over U.S. arms deliveries to the YPG.

“We are not doing this,” Putin stressed.

Putin said that the most important thing is to consolidate the cease-fire currently underway in Syria.

Reporter’s code: 50101

News Code: 15933  |  Date: 2017/05/16  |  Time: 9 : 6

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