Syrian Kurdish politician Abdulbaset Sieda, who is a member of a prominent opposition group against autocrat Bashar al Assad’s regime, has accused the PYD of betraying the revolution by cooperating with the regime.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency, Sieda, a member of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces and former leader of the Syrian National Council, said that the PYD "does not represent the will of Syrian Kurds."
The PYD "was created through security understandings with the regime by which the latter ceded Kurdish areas to its control with a view to removing the Kurds from the revolutionary equation," he said.
The PYD "does not have a programme for Syrian Kurds, works outside the revolutionary framework, and is used in coordination with the regime," he added.
Sieda also went on to say that the PYD received financial support from the regime "especially in terms of oil income and weapons."
The PYD and its armed wing the YPG are considered to be the Syrian branch of the PKK, a militant group listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US and the EU which seeks to impose its Marxist-Leninist ideology on predominantly Kurdish regions.
YPG militants have recently been making gains across northern Aleppo, taking advantage of Russian air strikes against the Syrian opposition to advance along Syria’s border with Turkey.
Their advances come in defiance of Turkey’s warning them not to move west of the Euphrates River, where Turkey has been calling for an international effort to eradicate the DAESH terrorist group and establish a no-fly zone as a safe haven for displaced Syrians.
The YPG is also the biggest participant in the Syrian Democratic Forces coalition set up by the US to fight against DAESH, but according to Sieda, the coalition has been conspiring against the Syrian opposition.
"Recent advances by these [Syrian Democratic] forces in the Aleppo countryside are being carried out in coordination with the Assad regime and its air force," Sieda said.
Sieda added that the PYD’s cooperation with the US through the Syrian Democratic Forces against DAESH in the self-declared autonomous canton of Jazira is a result of a newfound understanding between the US and Iran.
"Through its good relations with Russia and the US, the PYD tries to show it is independent and not with the Assad regime, while its role in practice helps the regime," Sieda said.
"Meanwhile, it continues to benefit from Russian attacks on opposition positions.”
He also said the PYD "does not have a popular base among Syria’s Kurds. It imposed itself by force [on them] and has exploited their difficult economic situation to enlist them."
He pointed to other Kurdish parties that claimed to represent Syrian Kurds, including the Kurdish National Council, which, he said, "has a popular base but has suffered from disputes and divisions, while the PYD’s decision-making is centralised."
This, he said, had led to "the rapid implementation of decisions originally emanating from the PKK in coordination with the Iran/Russia/Assad regime axis."