In an interview with CNN Turk on Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu claimed that “it is becoming clear that the United States does not have any strategy for the withdrawal of its troops from Syria”.
He added that Ankara and Washington continue the dialogue on how the sides should “coordinate their actions during the withdrawal process”. According to Cavusoglu, Turkey even tried to "help them in this matter."
The remarks came after Cavusoglu told Sputnik on Monday that Turkey continues to coordinate with Russia, the United States and Iran the details of the creation of a prospective safe zone on the border with Syria.
"We're working on it. We haven't decided yet on its size. We're working with Russia, with the US, and with Astana partners. Our technical teams met several times," he said.
The statement followed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's announcement in mid-January that US President Donald Trump proposed creating a 30-kilometre buffer zone in Syria.
Erdogan later said that he had decided to postpone the start of a military operation in Syria after a phone conversation with Trump on 14 December, during which the US president also revealed his plans to withdraw troops from Syria.
Earlier, Erdogan announced that Ankara was ready to launch a military operation against Kurdish fighters on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River as well as in Syria's Manbij if the United States did not remove the Kurdish militia from there.
Last week, Reuters cited an unnamed US administration official as saying that Washington plans to keep around 200 troops at the al-Tanf base and around 200 more soldiers in north-eastern Syria, which would be a part of a larger contingent, including the US' European allies, numbering around 800-1,500 soldiers.
Trump announced the US troops withdrawal from Syria on 19 December, promising to bring around 2,000 American soldiers home and pointing to what he dubbed the defeat of the Daesh terrorist group in the Arab Republic.
*Daesh (ISIL/ISIS/Islamic Stat), a terrorist group banned in Russia and a spate of other countries