Putin not keen on Kurdish state in Syria: Erdogan

Turkey's President Erdogan meets with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow, 4 May 2017.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said Russia’s Vladimir Putin did not look favourably on a Kurdish state in Syria.

Responding to questions on his return flight following a meeting with Putin in Moscow, Erdogan said he had told the president of his displeasure at photos of Russian soldiers alongside Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighters in northwestern Syria’s Afrin canton.

Erdogan claimed that Putin had told him Russian soldiers “cannot be involved in something like this, I will look into the matter.”

The Turkish president also added that Putin did not look favourably on a Kurdish state and that five de-escalation zones in Idlib and other places would solve “50% of the problem” in Syria.

According to reports, Russian soldiers are patrolling the border in Afrin canton to prevent clashes between Turkish soldiers and Kurdish forces.

Leading Kurdish parties in the autonomous region Rojava in northern Syria have denied claims by regional states that they are trying to form a separate state and have called for a federal solution to the Syrian crisis.