U.S. says Turkey ‘getting played’ by Russia - WSJ

A senior official from U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration said Turkey is “getting played by the Russians” as it seeks more regional influence.

Turkey’s alignment with Russia runs counter to Ankara's interests, the official said, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Turkish relationship has quickly become one of the most vexing for the White House after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ordered troops into Syria to fight Kurdish militants allied with the Washington in the battle against Islamic State (ISIS). Other points of contention include the continuing exile in the United States of an Islamic preacher – Fethullah Gulen – who Turkey blames for masterminding a failed military coup in July 2016 and allegations of Iran sanctions-busting by Turkish banks..

U.S. officials are offering to establish joint military observation posts in Syria with Turkey to ensure that the fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the north don’t attack neighboring Turkey, the newspaper reported. They are also looking at ways to dilute the power of the Kurdish fighters. which the U.S. has sponsored with money, weapons and training.

However, the While House isn’t willing to meet Turkey’s public demand that it stop working with the YPG, the WSJ said.