Turkey demands answers over United States training of Kurds

Kremlin highlights contacts aimed at resolving Syrian crisis continue at various levels

Turkey's state-run media, the Anadolu news agency quoting government sources, said that US Embassy Charge d'Affaires Phillip Kosnett was summoned to the ministry.

Turkey on Wednesday summoned a top United States diplomat in Ankara to protest Washington's support of a Kurdish militia in Syria, sources in the Turkish Foreign Ministry said, the latest in a long-standing disagreement between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry separately summoned Russian and Iranian ambassadors in Ankara on Tuesday and warned its partners for violation of Astana deal in a bid to stop the regime's attack on "moderate opposition" forces in northern province of Idlib, where "de-escalation zone" was declared by three guarantor powers.

The U.S. and the coalition have largely ignored PYD/PYG links to the PKK, which the U.S., EU, and Turkey lists as a terrorist group. Ankara consider them as a "terrorist group" that threatens its security.

Turkey has been fiercely opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during his country's six-year-old civil war but has recently been working with his allies Russian Federation and Iran for a political resolution to the conflict.

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Ambassadors of the two countries were called in to express Ankara's displeasure over the continuing attacks in Idlib.

Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview broadcast on Turkish TV channels,"Iran and Russian Federation need to carry out their responsibilities".

The three countries had agreed past year to establish a "de-escalation zone" in the opposition-held Idlib province and surrounding region, which borders Turkey.

Humanitarian aid organisations, rescuers and activists allege the Syrian and Russian air forces have struck hospitals, schools and marketplaces in congested residential areas in rebel-held towns.

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