Feb 17 2018

"There is a risk of conflict between two NATO partners" -German diplomat

Munich Security Conference (MSC) chairman Wolfgang Ischinger, in an interview, said that unless the parties involved could agree on a common strategy in Syria, the situation might escalate into an open conflict between the U.S., Turkey, and Russia. 

“I see a huge escalation risk. There is a risk of conflict between two NATO partners, Turkey and the United States," the German diplomat was quoted, "and I think that what we need is that Russia, the U.S., Turkey and others need to see eye to eye and start talking about a common strategy to end the war in Syria,” according to the Iraqi Kurdish newspaper Rudaw.

Turkey-U.S. hit their lifetime low when the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Senior government officials accused America of sponsoring the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey claims are an off-shoot of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an association that YPG denies. 

The U.S., on the other hand, claims that its support for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which YPG is a part of, is a collaboration against ISIS.

Turkish officials, including the president, has threatened to send its forces east to the city of Manbij, where some U.S. Forces are stationed, after the Turkish military launched Operation Olive Branch on January 20, which could possibly lead to a confrontation between former allies.