Turkey Urges US To Honour Ties After Trump Warns Of Economic Devastation

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Turkish officials criticized controversial statements made by U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday, urging the latter to refrain from being allies with terrorists while highlighting that Turkey does not have any problems with the Kurds and is only against PKK terrorists and their extensions in Syria.

"Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds", he tweeted on Sunday.

The president also warned the Kurds not to antagonize Turkey in a continuation of his tweet.

Turkey says the YPG is tied to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has been fighting a long guerrilla war for more Kurdish autonomy inside Turkey.

USA national security adviser John Bolton suggested on Tuesday that protecting Washington's Kurdish allies would be a precondition of the United States withdrawal.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has signaled that a cross-border operation against the PYD/YPG terrorist group in northeastern Syria will happen soon.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he is confident that the Trump administration and Turkey can agree a way to protect the Kurdish fighters in Syria after US troops leave the country.

The US-led coalition on Saturday fired more than 20 missiles against Islamist positions, the Observatory said.

"It is a fatal mistake to equate Syrian Kurds with the PKK, which is on the U.S. terrorists list, and its Syria branch PYD/YPG", Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Twitter.

So far the U.S. military has only started to move equipment out of Syria.

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The latest comments follow tensions between the USA and Turkey over the fate of Washington's Syrian Kurdish allies in the fight against Islamic State group jihadists. "Our only targets are terrorists Daesh and PKK/YPG", Hulusi Akar added.

Ibrahim Kalin, a spokesman for President Erdogan of Turkey, responded to Trump's and said Turkey considered the Kurdish fighters terrorists.

Erdogan has been massing Turkish troops on the Syrian border for weeks, preparing for an invasion to eradicate Kurdish forces that the USA has vowed to protect.

It's a stark threat toward an ally in the region that has partnered with the United States in the fight against ISIS.

Trump also threatened to "devastate Turkey economically" if the country hit the Kurds living in Syria.

With the help of the US -led coalition, the SDF-a group of militias led by the Kurdish YPG-has driven ISIS out of northern and eastern Syria over the past four years. "We also benefit but it is now time to bring our troops back home".

"Stop the ENDLESS WARS!" he added.

On December 19, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced that the U.S. started to pull out its troops from Syria.

Turkey has swept YPG fighters from Syria's Afrin region and other areas west of the Euphrates river in military campaigns over the past two years.