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Turkey ready to resume "Peace Spring" operation

Meanwhile, the evacuation of Kurdish fighters continues

Today before taking the plane to Sochi in preparation for the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised to resume the "Peace Spring" operation in Syria unless Washington keeps its promise to withdraw Kurdish militants from the Popular Protection Units in the northeast within 120 hours. "Unless the US maintains the word, we will continue the operation with greater determination. By now, around 700-800 terrorists have left the security zone and we expect that by 10:00pm (local time, Editor's note) another 1200 militants will leave these territories", the Ankara leader said today.

According to Erdogan, French President Emmanuel Macron did not mention the possibility of extending the truce (see AVIONEWS) "I did not receive a similar offer from Macron. France is discussing these problems more with terrorists than with Turkey", he said underlined referring to the meetings of the French with representatives of the Syrian democratic coalition forces, led by the Kurdish Popular Protection Unit (YPG).

"With Vladimir Putin we will have the opportunity to discuss bilateral issues, various regional problems and Syria, we have a similar view about the war on terrorism and we will also talk about the fight against defense forces in the territories controlled by the Assad regime", concluded the Turkish President.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency