Holding a press conference at Esenboga Airport in Ankara before leaving for Russia, President Erdogan underlined that Operation Peace Spring would ensure Syria's territorial integrity and political unity as well as Turkey's security, and said: The operation has thwarted plans to establish a terror corridor in the north of Syria. There is, and there can be, no place for separatist terrorist organizations such as the PKK/YPG in the future of Syria. We, in cooperation with the Russian Federation, hope to fully rid our region of the scourge of separatist terror.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a press conference at Esenboga Airport in Ankara before his departure for a one-day working visit to Sochi, Russia.
Referring to the Turkey-U.S. agreement that stipulates the withdrawal of terrorists from the area of Operation Peace Spring in the north of Syria, President Erdogan said that today marks the last day of the timespan for pulling the terrorists out of the region as per the agreement, and stated: The time will be up at 10 p.m. this night. Our relevant units are closely watching the process underway on the ground. We will resume, this time much more resolutely, our operation from where we paused it if the promises given to us by the U.S. are not kept.
Regarding the talks he will hold with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, President Erdogan said the latest situation in the north of Syria will be on the agenda and that the steps to be taken in order to end the PKK/PYD/YPG presence in the areas under the regime's control will be discussed. President Erdogan added that views will also be exchanged with a view to making sure that the Constitutional Committee functions smoothly and fruitfully.
Source: Presidency of the Republic Of Turkey