Turkey will "defend" against Syrian Kurds, even after ceasefire

Turkey reserves the right to retaliate against the Kurdish People's Protection Unit (YPG) militia in Syria if the group attacks Turkish territory, despite a US-Russian ceasefire deal set to go into effect later this week, a government minister says.

"Turkey has the right to defend its territory," Numan Kurtulmus, the deputy prime minister, told reporters. He added that Turkey is generally in favour of the ceasefire deal, but worries about potential Russian airstrikes against rebels.

The YPG has denied ever launching attacks against Turkish territory and says Turkey shelled its positions heavily last week. Turkey has not presented evidence of YPG cross-border attacks.

Last update: Tue, 23/02/2016 - 12:58
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