Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday that the Syrian YPG group was taking orders from terrorist organisation PKK, as the investigations over the recent Ankara bomb attack clearly revealed their connection.
Speaking at an AK Party group meeting in parliament, Davutoglu said blaming the PKK for the attack which killed 29 people last week in the capital Ankara was an attempt to exonerate the YPG as the groups worked together in carrying out the bombing.
The explosion in Ankara killed 29 people and wounded 81 others when the suicide bomber attacked a military convoy that was stopped at a traffic light on Feb. 17.
Davutoglu also said earlier that PKK-affiliated terrorist group had claimed responsibility for the attack as a "proxy" to shield the YPG .
“TAK is not any separate terrorist organisation, it is a branch of PKK as well as YPG. The fact that TAK claimed responsibility for the attack doesn’t eliminate the YPG’s relation to that,” he emphasised.
Turkey has long been confronted with armed attacks in its southeastern regions by the PKK, which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, and EU.
Ankara considers the PYD as the Syrian extension of the PKK terrorist organisation. The YPG is the militant wing of PYD.
The prime minister also noted that Turkey has been closely following all developments in Syria and it would not allow the formation of a terrorist group in northern Syria, near its border.
''Russia, the Syrian regime, DAESH and YPG are joining their hands and want to establish a terrorist zone at Turkey’s southern border,” he said.
“The national security of our country is above all balances and partnerships. If any security operation is necessary, we will not ask for any permission from anyone,” Davutoglu also said.
“Our determinance both within our country and in Syria will continue,” he added.
Meanwhile, Davutoglu touched upon the ongoing refugee crisis and the recent news of harassment coming from Europe.
“Turkey has been successfully dealing with welcoming refugees for the last five years whereas Europe is failing to do so,” he said.