Syria congress to go ahead despite Turkey ‘reservations’ over YPG: Kremlin
The Kremlin said on Nov. 23 that Turkey’s opposition to the participation of Kurdish militias in Syria’s political process would not stand in the way of a peace “congress” Moscow is seeking to organize in the near future.
“We know that there are certain reservations on the part of our Turkish partners with regards to the forces they believe pose a threat to their national security,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters at the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
“But this does not mean that work will not be conducted. Intense expert work to agree and check the lists [of congress participants] lies ahead.”
He said the congress would be convened “in the near future” but did not provide more details.
Turkey insists that it won’t accept the Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG) as a party in the peace conference for its links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).