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Turkish Chancellor of Sputnik: 'We are not afraid of being isolated'

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Turkish Chancellor of Sputnik: 'We are not afraid of being isolated'

In an exclusive interview with Sputnik Persian, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu spoke about the possibility of his country becoming isolated after an operation in Syria.

Since Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan decided to use armed force against Kurdish militants in Syria, several countries have expressed concern and have not supported Ankara.

Among such countries is Iran. The Persian government has warned of the consequences of the Turkish military operation in Syria.

In addition, Iranian parliament spokesman Ali Larijani canceled his visit to the Third Conference of Parliaments Presidents to Combat Terrorism and Strengthen Regional Cooperation in Istanbul.

Asked during a interview exclusive to Sputnik Persian about Larijani's decision, Cavusoglu avoided making any big comments.

"I would not like to comment on the decision of the president of the parliament of one of the countries. He probably had reason not to come. But we are pleased that this conference will be attended by the spokesman of the State Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin," said Cavusoglu.

Isolation

Then the minister clarified his country's position on the possibility of being isolated.

"Why should Turkey fear being in isolation? We fight terrorism, and it is a common enemy," Cavusoglu said.

From this logic, the Turkish chancellor believes that his country should receive the support of other states in their fight against the Kurds.

"I don't think Russia is against the operation. Some sensitive issues worry Russia, such as the territorial integrity and unity of the country. We are also concerned. If we look at all the joint statements from Turkey, Russia and Iran, we underline (the need to maintain the territorial integrity of the country), "argued Cavusoglu.

The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and its armed arm, the People's Protection Units (YPG), were classified by the chancellor as "terrorists".

"This terrorist organization (YPG) follows a separatist agenda and wants to divide the country. We strive to prevent that. We fight terrorism with Russia. That is why Russia has supported us at the UN. If any country has double standards in "We are not afraid of being isolated, as the truth is on our side because we are determined to fight terrorism," said the chancellor.

Regarding possible sanctions that the United States may impose on the country, the official said the answer would be on the website of the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

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