MOSCOW (Sputnik), Daria Chernyshova — He added that Ankara's prime concern about Syria was descended from the Syrian Kurds' intention to create an autonomous region in northern Syria that could reinforce aspirations of the Turkish Kurds for full autonomy within Turkey.
"It is ironic that as Moscow and Washington appear to be getting closer about how to help Syrians get out of their present mess while Washington and NATO ally Turkey are still far apart," Richard Murphy said.
The United States has supported the Kurdish communities in Syria, as well as in the neighboring Iraq, in the struggle against terrorists. At the same time Washington supports Turkey, which has been a member of NATO since 1955, despite Ankara's actions in regard to the Kurds both in Turkey and in Syria.
On February 22, Russia and the United States reached an agreement on a ceasefire in Syria. The ceasefire took effect on February 27 and is generally holding across the country despite reported minor violations.