Russia and Turkey are pushing Syrian Kurds to deal with Damascus

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NUR-SULTAN, Dec. 22 (Reuters) – Russia and Turkey on Wednesday urged the Syrian Kurds to team up with the Damascus government and abandon separatist ambitions after discussing the future of Syria with Iran.

After President Bashar al-Assad’s de facto victory in the civil war, Kurdish groups are under pressure to give up arms and control over their territory in northeastern Syria.

In a joint statement following talks in Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkey and Iran said they supported Syria’s territorial integrity, rejected all attempts to create new realities on the ground and were concerned about the increased activities of separatist groups east of the Euphrates.

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Some Kurdish leaders have sought a federal solution to their status issue, but Damascus has so far shown no willingness to discuss the idea.

Turkey, which regards groups like the YPG as an extension of the Kurdish separatist underground operating on its own soil, has threatened a raid in recent months to drive them out of the area.

Russia has prevented this through military maneuvers in the Kurdish-occupied area, Syrian government sources said, and Moscow also had the air strikes against the Turkey-backed rebels in the northwestern Idlib region, where Ankara has also dispatched troops to repel a new Russian military , reinforced. supported government offensive.

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Reporting by Tamara Vaal; Additional coverage from Suleiman Al-Khalidi in Amman; Letter from Olzhas Auyezov; Arrangement by Alison Williams

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