Moscow doesn’t recognize PKK as terrorist organization announces Russian envoy. (BG).
“We understand Turkey’s concerns with regard to global terrorism. Especially after the terrorist attack in Ankara the other day.
But neither the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) or the Democratic Union Party (PYD) are considered terrorist organizations by either Russia or the United Nations Security Council,” said Russian Ambassador to Ankara Andrey Karlov during an interview with Russian news agency Ria Novosti.
He added that while Russia had contacted Syrian Kurdish representatives, they did not have any contacts with the PKK.
The comments come at a time of escalating tension between Ankara and Moscow after Russia launched an air campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad three weeks ago.
Having lobbied for Assad’s removal for years, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has harshly criticized the operations, as well as the repeated airspace violations by Russian jets since airstrikes began.
Turkey also suspects Russia has been lending support to the Syrian Kurdish PYD and its armed wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), since the air strikes began three weeks ago. Read the full story here.