Turkey has warned the United States of unspecified “action” if Washington refuses to stop supporting Kurdish militants based in Syria.
“Turkey will take the necessary action if the US does not take into consideration Ankara’s security concerns regarding the continued arming of the YPG,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the Turkish Parliament on Tuesday, the Turkish Daily Sabah paper reported.
President Erdogan was referring to the US-backed People’s Protection Units, known as the YPG, which is a branch of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The PKK has been fighting a decades-long deadly war against Turkey for an independent state in the country’s southeast.
“The sole target of this terrorist group… is our country. We can no longer stand idle against this threat,” Erdogan said.