USA trying Turkey's patience - Erdogan

Turkey has summoned a senior American diplomat in Ankara to explain reports that USA troops have started training a new border force in Kurdish-held northeastern Syria.

Ankara has also summoned ambassadors of Russian Federation and Iran for expressing displeasure on Damascus attacks in Idlib.

Violence in Idlib region has recently escalated, with Syrian government forces, supported by Russian Federation, trying to regain control of the rebel-held area.

The YPG is supported by U.S. with arms and training which angers Turkey.

"Russia and Iran must stop the Syrian regime".

Earlier, Cavusoglu said the country doesn't rule out a new military operation against YPG and PYD in Afrin.

Russian Federation and Iran have backed Syrian regime while Turkey has supported its foes, but, despite the differences, they struck a deal in 2017 to set up de-escalation zones in Syria, helping reduce fighting.

Relations between Washington and Ankara have been tense over multiple issues including a United States decision previous year to deliver weapons to the YPG.

Lavrov noted that Moscow and Tehran have reached an important stage in preparation for implementing the initiative launched by Russia, Iran and Turkey to organize the Sochi Congress.

Ankara says YPG fighters are linked to Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) separatists inside Turkey, who have waged an armed campaign since 1984 that has killed more than 40,000 people.

Negotiations have stalled since 2016 amid European Union criticism of human rights violations in Turkey and Ankara's combative rhetoric aimed at some European Union member states, whom he compared to Nazi Germany.

  • Rogelio Becker