Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan harshly criticised the United States following State Department Spokesman John Kirby’s recent remarks that the country will continue to support PYD.
“Is there a difference between PKK and PYD, or YPG? With all records on them in our hands, we tell US that they are terrorists organisations but US officials say they don’t recognise them as terrorist organisations?” Erdogan said during a meeting with village headmen in the capital city of Ankara.
He continued with calling on US and said, "Are you on our side or the side of the terrorist PYD and YPG organisation?”
Erdogan also said that Washington's inability to understand the group's true nature had turned the region into a "sea of blood".
Erdogan’s comments came after State Department Spokesman John Kirby said on Monday that the US recognises Turkey’s concerns about Syrian armed groups linked to the terrorist organisation PKK but will continue to support them.
The PYD is considered by Turkey to be the Syrian extension of PKK which have claimed the lives of more than 300 security officers, since the group’s umbrella organisation, KCK, unilaterally ended a two-and-a-half-year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11 and threatened Turkey with attacks.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also earlier criticised the US regarding its stance towards the PYD, saying the country needs to decide who its regional ally is, "Turkey or terrorists in Kobane, Syria."
The statement came after photos emerged of US President Barack Obama's Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter DAESH Brett McGurk while meeting with former PKK terrorist and current PYD spokesman Polat Can.
Regarding McGurk’s visit, Erdogan said, "How will we ever be able to trust you. Am I your regional partner or are the terrorists in Kobane?