Turkey’s deputy prime minister says the US determination to produce weapons to Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State militants in Syria is “unacceptable”.
Arming the Fashionable Safety Items (YPG) would “not be helpful”, Nurettin Canikli informed A Haber TV.
Ankara says the YPG is an extension of the Kurdistan Employees’ Social gathering (PKK), designated a terrorist group by the US.
The PKK insurgency to safe Kurdish autonomy in Turkey has killed hundreds of individuals.
Washington says the YPG is crucial to the operation to seize the IS stronghold of Raqqa.
The YPG leads the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias that has pushed IS militants from about 6,000 sq km (2,300 sq miles) of northern Syria over the previous two years with the assistance of US-led coalition air strikes and navy advisers.
On Tuesday, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White introduced that President Donald Trump had given his authorisation to “equip Kurdish components of the Syrian Democratic Forces as crucial to make sure a transparent victory” over IS in Raqqa.
Ms White additionally harassed the Pentagon was “keenly conscious” of Turkey’s issues.
“We wish to reassure the folks and authorities of Turkey that the US is dedicated to stopping extra safety dangers and defending our Nato ally.”
“The US continues to prioritise our assist for Arab components of the SDF. Raqqa and all liberated territory ought to return to the governance of native Syrian Arabs.”
The Pentagon has beforehand armed solely Arab elements of the SDF.
On Wednesday morning, the Turkish authorities denounced the US determination.
“We can not settle for the presence of terrorist organisations that might threaten the way forward for the Turkish state,” Mr Canikli told A Haber in an interview.
“We hope the US administration will put a cease to this improper and switch again from it. Such a coverage is not going to be helpful – you possibly can’t be in the identical sack as terrorist organisations.”
The YPG and its political arm, the Democratic Union Social gathering (PYD), denies any direct hyperlinks with the PKK, which is waging an insurgency in Turkey for Kurdish autonomy.
The BBC’s Mark Lowen in Istanbul says the US determination is a big slap within the face of its ally, which has constantly mentioned arming the Kurds can be its “purple line”.
Ankara is especially irked that it was introduced days earlier than President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits Mr Trump in Washington and as Turkish high-level officers have been there urging the White Home to not go forward, our correspondent provides.
Mr Erdogan has argued that the YPG must be excluded from the Raqqa offensive and urged the US to change to supporting a Syrian Arab insurgent power that has pushed IS out of a border space previously 12 months with the assistance of the Turkish navy.
Ms White mentioned the gear offered to the Kurds – who make up 40% of the SDF’s 50,000 fighters, in line with US-led coalition officers – can be “restricted, mission particular and metered out incrementally as aims are reached”.
She didn’t point out what can be offered, however different US officers indicated that it would embody 120mm mortars, machine-guns and lightly-armoured autos.
A senior Kurdish official told the Related Press that the US determination carried “political that means” and “legitimise the YPG and the Syrian Democratic Forces”. However Ilham Ahmed warned it might seemingly be met with “aggression” from Turkey.
Final month, Turkish air strikes in northern Syria and Iraq’s Sinjar area killed a minimum of 20 members of the YPG and 5 Iraqi Peshmerga fighters.