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Erdogan to Bolton: “We cannot accept Bolton’s messages given from Israel” (Video)

Erdogan to Bolton: “We cannot accept Bolton’s messages given from Israel” (Video)

Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan issued a crushing rebuke against U.S. national security advisor John Bolton over his pledges to ensure Turkish non-aggression against the American backed Kurds in Syria.

Erdogan’s said on Monday that, “We [Turkey] cannot accept Bolton’s messages given from Israel” adding that Bolton made a “serious mistake”…a statement that left many U.S. warmonger neocon’s stunned

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a quick look at Turkish President Erdogan’s forceful shut down of war hawk John Bolton on Syria.

What does this mean for the NATO allies, for the Kurds who are now seeking to reconcile with Damascus, and for Russia, which appears to have firmly positioned its partners in Syria, to work towards a diplomatic solution to America’s failed regime change war.

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Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan issued a blunt put-down against White House national security advisor John Bolton over his pledges to ensure Turkish non-aggression against Kurds who fought against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria.

“We cannot accept Bolton’s messages given from Israel,” the Turkish president said on Mondayadding that Bolton made a “serious mistake,” Reuters reported.

He was referring to statements by the senior Trump administration official, made from Israel over the weekend, promising safety for the U.S.-allied Kurdish militias — who dominate areas in Northern Syria and whom the Turks view as terrorists — in the event of a U.S. military withdrawal.

The militias, known as the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), are the armed wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), an offshoot of the designated terrorist group called the Kurdistan Workers Party which has carried out a decades-long insurgency against the Turkish state. They’re also America’s primary partners on the ground in Syria: the Pentagon has been supplying the YPG with weaponry, air support and training to battle IS since 2015, and the militias have suffered thousands of casualties fighting for the U.S.-led coalition.

Erdogan stressed that the YPG and the PYD cannot be representative of Kurds, adding that Bolton “probably doesn’t know” who the two groups are. He also described Turkey as facing a “critical juncture” in Syria, with whom it shares a 500 mile border.

Ankara has for months threatened a military offensive against the Kurds in northeastern Syria, refusing to view their presence as legitimate. That threat has been made all the more real since President Trump’s shock announcement on December 19 to withdraw all U.S. forces from Syria, a move met with torrents of criticism from security experts and lawmakers alike. Trump, defending his decision, emphasized the need for other countries to take on the battle against IS in Syria and espoused Turkey’s subsequent offer to fill America’s shoes. Critics say this will primarily mean Turkish violence against the Kurds.

The YPG, widely seen as the most effective U.S. local partner in the fight against IS, sees the move as leaving them open to Turkish assault. In a bid to reassure allies of Washington’s commitment, Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have been touring Middle Eastern capitals this week expressing their will to protect the Kurds and continue combating IS.

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“We don’t think the Turks ought to undertake military action that’s not fully coordinated with and agreed to by the United States at a minimum, so they don’t endanger our troops,” Bolton said on Sunday. In addition, Turkey must “meet the president’s requirement that the Syrian opposition forces that have fought with us are not endangered.”

Ankara and Washington at loggerheads

Given Erdogan’s sharp rebuttal, this requirement may prove very difficult to meet.

The Turkish leader’s comments were a “big time put down,” said Timothy Ash, senior emerging markets strategist and Turkey expert at Bluebay Asset Management.

“Both Bolton and Pompeo are clearly trying to make the best of a difficult situation for them given Trump’s surprise decision around withdrawing troops from Syria,” he told CNBC Tuesday. Just last September, Bolton pledged that the U.S. would stay in the war-torn country as long as adversary Iran remains active there.

“Neither Bolton nor Pompeo’s comments seemed particularly sensitive to Turkey’s sensitivities,” Ash said, “and I think Erdogan was responding to this.”

U.S. support for the Kurds in Syria has been a major point of contention between Ankara and Washington. Relations between the two NATO allies have been rocked by turbulence in the past few years over Syria policy, U.S. sanctions on Iran, trade tariffs, Erdogan’s warming relationship with Moscow, and the Turkish detention of an American pastor, who was released in October.

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Bolton seems to be undermining Trump. I don’t know if Trump even realizes it, since he’s been so focused on the border. Thanks, Gentlemen!

Platon
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Platon

The amount of coyness attached to the US Regime is far more worthy of the goings-on in a Turkish harem or an Arizona trailer brothel than what one would expect of a ‘Superpower’.
The United States has become a wholly unworthy, shameful and disgusting place.
The end must come quite soon now.

Liberty Cat
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Many United States Government officials should be convicted of war crimes! For too long, the US has been a bully, and stuck it’s business where it didn’t belong! Not all was done through wars, nor alone. Ukraine is just one example, where blood has been shed, and continues to be shed, due to their illegal Coup d’État in the 2014 elections. Yet, they cry foul when they “think” another country has interfered in their elections. I say “think” because it’s manufactured by the opposition party. I do agree, with you, but I believe the US will end up self-destructing on… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
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President Trump does not need so-called advisors who sabotage him. He should dismiss John Bolton immediately and replace him by his son Donald Trump Jr, who has studied Economics and is a businessman. Although Jr. has no political experience so far, he will be better than Bolton because he will carry out his father’s wishes on the dot, instead of sabotaging him. In these dangerous times, when the neocons are planning a soft coup against President Trump, he can only depend on his family. Donald Trump Jr. as a businessman knows how to negotiate, using peaceful means to achieve the… Read more »

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Paddy Jameson Power

Would the other neocon warmongers remaining if Donald Jr got Bolton’s job, try to undermine and sabotage him, too? Trump needs to fire the whole lot of them – – in government, FBI, CIA and other agencies, too. Trials for treason need to take place.

Jerry Falk
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Jerry Falk

I agree with you completely. He said he was going to drain the swamp but he hardly put a dent in it. Go to it Donald, that’s why we voted for you.

Taras 77
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Taras 77

More than a little concerning here is to where where is Jared Kushner in all of this-he has been in niten’s pocket forever and I’m concerned that bolton believes kuchner is on board with bolton running around doing israel’s business.

I have never quite believed that kashner has america’s best interest at heart and it is a big question as to whether he supports ending these endless tragic wars which are primarily for israel’s benefit (and the MIC/ziocons).

Shaun Ramewe
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Shaun Ramewe

Keep on sneakily working together with this deceitful ruse to preserve your sicko ISIS and FSA terrorist henchmen in illegally invaded resource-rich pro-democracy Syria you false-flagging bunch of coward-pervert Zio-liar war criminals – you fool only the stupid.

Jerry Falk
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Jerry Falk

Way to go President Recep Erdogan, kick the warmongering Bolton out of your country, him and natanusomething are buddies, two Zionists. Trump shouldn’t have pr#*ks like Bolton dictating what other countries should do. I voted for Trump because he’s much better than any democrat by a large margin but not to be warmongering for Israel.

Taras 77
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Taras 77

Well, at last, AT last!!!

Someone with the cajones to stand up and tell this arch neo con traitor that he can take this message from the likuds in dc and israel and put it some place where ….

As they say, do not mess with the Turks-they are the only ones with balls in this matter; it sure as hell does not appear that trump has the bones, congress of course, I’m looking at you, cardin, graham, nah no bones there, they are the likudniks.

Bravo, to the Turks!!!

Platon
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Platon

Couldn’t Yosemite Sam (Bolton) be simply rubbed out?
After all, he is just a cartoon character.

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