Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu yesterday said that “Russia is grateful to Daesh’s (ISIS) existence because it allows the Assad regime to claim its legitimacy.”
“If one said that ISIS would cease to exist tomorrow, the sides that will get the most upset are the Assad regime, Iran and Russia. The PKK and the PYD would also feel grieved as they receive support from some countries under the pretext of fighting Daesh,” Davutoglu added.
Davutoglu also said that “Russian’s bombing of the moderate armed opposition in Aleppo and Idlib boosts Daesh. In addition, some Western countries provide support for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) so that they exchange roles with Daash.”
Davutoglu said: “We do not want to see the YPG and PYD on the western side of the Euphrates River, so we are watching the developments there closely.”
Burhan Ghalioun, a member of the Syrian Coalition, said on Tuesday that “Russia has greatly contributed to ISIS’s emergence when it blocked all proposed UN Security Council resolutions aimed at protecting civilians in Syria from Assad’s oppression.” Ghalioun added that “Russia was a contributor to the refugee crisis as millions were forced to flee Assad’s barrel bombs and seek refuge in Europe.”
Ghalioun also reiterated that “Russia’s plan is to break the will of the Syrian people by stepping up violence. Russia also seeks to impose Russian control over them by installing a puppet regime in Syria, with or without Assad, to serve Russia’s interests. These policies will only fuel the fire in Syria and expand and prolong the war; a war in which Russia has decided to side with the Assad regime against the Syrian people.” (Source: Syrian Coalition + Anadolu)