Turkey PM calls PYD, YPG Russia's 'hired soldiers'

Turkish premier says terrorist PKK group's Syrian affiliate PYD and its armed wing YPG are being used by Russia and Assad regime

Turkey PM calls PYD, YPG Russia's 'hired soldiers'

World Bulletin / News Desk

The terrorist PKK's Syrian affiliate PYD and its armed wing YPG are hired soldiers of Russia since they fight moderate opposition forces instead of ISIL, Turkish premier has said.

Addressing the MPs of his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party at the Turkish parliament in Ankara Tuesday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said: "Neither ISIL nor YPG are primary components of these territories. The YPG and the PYD are legionnaires [and] hired soldiers of Russia".

Turkish military has been shelling PYD and PKK positions in northern Syria for three consecutive days in retaliation to artillery fire from PYD forces based around Azaz, located in Aleppo’s northern countryside, Saturday night.

The exchange of fire came after YPG's recent advances into Azaz, which has been the scene of recent heavy fighting, just six kilometers (four miles) from the Turkish border.

Davutoglu reiterated that Ankara regards the PYD and the YPG not as Kurdish groups, but as terrorist organizations since they are Syrian extensions of terrorist PKK group.

"PYD and YPG are puppets of Russia and subcontracted organizations used by the blood-shedder Assad regime and Russia," he said.

Turkish premier said that the PYD was fighting Syria's moderate opposition under the pretext of battling ISIL.

He added that Turkey's recent shelling and operations have halted YPG's advance in Azaz.

Last week, the YPG, with Russian air cover, began a massive offensive aimed at capturing opposition-held areas of the Aleppo countryside.

In recent days, the group managed to seize control of several villages -- and a military airport -- in the area.

Syria has remained locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the regime of President Bashar al-Assad cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.

Since then, more than 250,000 people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced, according to UN figures.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Şubat 2016, 14:12