PYD opens representative office in Moscow

PYD, Syrian affiliate of PKK terrorist organisation, opens representative office in Moscow

The still showing picture of PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan in PYD representative office in Moscow

PYD, Syrian affiliate of the PKK terrorist organisation, opened a representative office in the Russian capital of Moscow on Wednesday.

Co-Chair of Peoples' Council of Western Kurdistan Senam Mohamed, the Syrian Kurdish envoy in Moscow Abdulsalam Ali and Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Diyarbakir MP Feleknas Uca delivered speeches during the opening ceremony.

Russia has been supporting PYD against the Syrian opposition with air strikes and the militant group has made gains in northern Syria recently.

Turkey considers PYD as the Syrian extension of PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US and the EU.

According to the Atlantic Council, a US think-tank, almost half of “YPG’s [total] self-reported casualties between January 2013 and January 2016” have originated in Turkey.

On Monday, the US State Department Spokesman John Kirby said that the US recognises Turkey’s concerns about Syrian armed groups linked to the PKK but will continue to support them.

Kirby’s comments came after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan voiced concerns about US support for YPG, the military wing of the PYD and the Syrian branch of the PKK terrorist group.

Rising tension over PYD

Criticising Washington’s characterisation of the PYD as a partner in the fight against DAESH terrorist organisation, Erdogan urged the US to show preference to its NATO ally in Turkey rather than the PYD as a partner.

On Wednesday, Erdogan slammed the US over its support for PYD saying that there is no difference between PKK and PYD or YPG and the US has not recognised them as terrorist organisations.

“Is there a difference between PKK and PYD, or YPG? With all records on them in our hands, we tell the US that they are terrorist organisations but US officials say they don’t recognise them as terrorist organisations?” Erdogan said.

Terror attacks by PKK have claimed the lives of more than 300 Turkish 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. 

Erdogan: US needs to decide its regional ally

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," Erdogan said urging the US to make a choice.

His statement came after photos emerged of US President Barack Obama's Special Presidential Envoy to anti-DAESH coalition Brett McGurk while meeting with former PKK terrorist and current PYD spokesman Polat Can in Kobane.

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?

TRTWorld and agencies