Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed the US’ support for Kurdish YPG fighters in northern Syria, warning that Washington’s move to fund the group will impact Ankara’s future decisions towards its NATO ally.
“The US decision to give financial support to the YPG … will surely affect the decisions Turkey will take,” Erdogan said on Tuesday.
“It will be better for them not to stand with the terrorists they support today. I am calling on the people of the United States – this money is coming out of the budget of the US, it is coming out of people’s pockets,” Erdogan said.
His comments were a response to the Pentagon’s new defence budget that allocates $550m to military activities in Syria.
The US defence department requested $300m for Syrian “tra