The Press Secretary of the President of Turkey, Ibrahim Kalin, held a telephone conversation with US National Security Adviser, Herbert McMaster, during which the latter confirmed that Washington stopped supplying arms to the Kurds in Syria, as reported by Anadolu news agency.
The agency was told by the administration of the Turkish president, that on the evening of January 27th, McMaster confirmed that the United States stopped supplying weapons to the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the People's Protection Units (YPG).
According to Anadolu, Kalin and McMaster also discussed the course of the Turkish military operation, Olive Branch, in northern Syria and the political transition in this country. Kalin stressed the importance of taking into account Ankara's concerns regarding threats to Turkey's national security. "The importance of cooperation and mutual respect of NATO partners in the name of achieving common goals was underlined," the report says.
On January 24th, Kalin said that Turkey expects the US to end support for both the PYD and YPG. He noted that after this Ankara will offer Washington the opportunity to discuss the situation in Syria.
The Turkish military operation Olive Branch began on January 20th. Turkey believes that the Kurdish forces in the region are linked to the banned Workers' Party of Kurdistan and threaten the country's national security.