"Turkey will defend its security and it is neither bluff nor blackmailing. Turkey protects its borders by starting the operation in Afrin… This operation is beneficial for Russia because it is aimed against the strengthening of the US positions in Syria, because the Kurdistan Workers Party [PKK] and the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party [PYD], affiliated with the PKK, are US pawns," Dogu Perincek said.
The Patriotic Party chairman added that he hoped for cooperation between Damascus and Ankara during the ongoing operation, as such a partnership would be beneficial both for Syria and Turkey.
Damascus has strongly condemned Ankara's actions in Afrin, calling them a violation of the country's sovereignty.
On Saturday, Ankara launched an aerial operation against Kurdish forces in Afrin. On Sunday, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim confirmed the start of the ground operation in the region.
The United States has been operating in Syria at the helm of the international coalition fighting against the Daesh terrorist group, outlawed in both Russia and the United States, among other nations. Additionally, Washington has been supporting the Syrian Kurds. Ankara has, in turn, sharply criticized Washington over its cooperation with the Kurds, since as it regards the latter’s organizations as terrorist groups.