Apr 09 2018

We expect Turkey to hand Afrin over to Syrian gov’t - Russia

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that Russia expects Turkey to bring the Syrian town of Afrin - the focus of a Turkish military operation -  under the control of the Syrian government, AP reported.

In his statement on Monday, Lavrov expressed that Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, had "never said that Turkey wants to occupy Afrin,’’ noting that Russia’s expectation is for Turkey to bring the area - previously controlled by the People's Protection Units (YPG) which Turkey deems as a terrorist organization -  under Syrian government control.

Turkey’s military operation, ‘’Olive Branch,’’ was launched on Jan. 20, with the goal of removing YPG militants from Afrin. Turkish forces seized control of the predominantly Kurdish city on March 18.