The Turkish government on Monday condemned the agreement between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDS) and an US oil company with the possible approval of the White House to exploit fields in areas of Syria under the control of the Kurdish authorities.
The Turkish State Department said “deeply regret the United States’ support for this step, which is against international law”, adding that Ankara sees this as “financing terrorism” as the SDS is led by the Kurdish militia. Syrian People’s Protection Units (YPG).
Turkey regards YPG as a Syrian subsidiary of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) armed group with a presence in Turkey. Ankara has included both groups in its list of terrorist organizations.
“With this step, the PKK / YPG terror organization has clearly demonstrated its ambitions to advance its separatist agenda by stealing the Syrian people’s natural resources. Syria’s natural resources belong to the Syrian people,” said the Turkish ministry.