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Både utenriksminister Mike Pompeo og nasjonal sikkerhetsrådgiver John R Bolton forsøker å minimalisere skadene ved amerikansk tilbaketrekking fra Syria.

Nasjonal sikkerhetsrådgiver John R. Bolton kom til Ankara tirsdag, men fikk ikke møte Erdogan. Erdogan ble sur på Bolton fordi denne stilte betingelser for amerikansk tilbaketrekking fra Syria.

Bolton uttalte mens han var i Israel søndag at Tyrkia måtte garantere at de ikke kom til å skade kurderne. Erdogan fnyser av slike krav.

Before arriving in Turkey, Bolton had said that Turkey must coordinate military action with the United States and that no U.S. withdrawal would take place until Turkey guaranteed the Kurdish fighters would be safe.

Men for Erdogan er kampen mot IS og den kurdiske YPG-militsen to sider av samme sak. Et slikt syn kan USA umulig gå med på. De har kjempet med YPG de to siste årene.

However, Erdogan said Turkey would confront the YPG in the same way that it will take on Islamic State. “If they are terrorists, we will do what is necessary no matter where they come from,” he told a members of his AK Party in parliament.

“Bolton has made a serious mistake and whoever thinks like this has also made a mistake. It is not possible for us to make compromises on this point.”

Erdogan klaget over at det kom motstridende signaler fra Washington. Han sa han trodde de hadde en avtale med USA.

Men sist uke sa tyrkiske tjenestemenn til Reuters at de forventet å få overta 22 amerikanske baser i Syria. Det er ikke USA interessert i. De tenker å la YPG overta basene og beholde våpnene.

Ahead of Tuesday’s talks, Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper said Ankara was expected to ask U.S. officials either to hand over its military bases in Syria to Ankara or to destroy them. It cited unspecified sources as saying Turkey would not accept Washington handing what it said were 22 U.S. military bases in Syria over to the YPG.

A senior Turkish security official told Reuters last week Washington needed to allow Turkey to use its bases in Syria.

Det er utenkelig at USA skulle kunne overlate basene til kurdernes erklærte fiender.

Signalene fra Bolton gjorde at Erdogan ikke ville møte ham.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey-usa/erdogan-rebukes-u-s-security-adviser-over-kurdish-militia-comments-idUSKCN1P20JD