elations between Turkey and Europe were already strained and policies adopted by several European countries in regards to the July 15 coup attempt led to more of a crisis between Ankara and the western bloc.
ollowing Operation Euphrates Shield (OES), Turkey brought a new dimension to its military activity in Syria in order to minimize the PKK’s strength in northern Syria and to “de-territorialize” the terrorist group in the middle term.
peaking to reporters on Thursday 18 January, Turkey’s presidential spokesman stated that the steps taken by the Turkish administration in order to protect its national security are “definitely” not a move against Syrian Kurds.
elations between Turkey and the European Union had suffered serious damage following the July 15 coup attempt as EU Member States such as Germany had continued to support the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and others had failed to support Turkey in its fight against terrorism.
counterpart Rex Tillerson in Vancouver, Canada, Mevlut Cavusoglu stated that Turkey may expand its operations in northern Syria to Manbij city and east of the Euphrates River after Afrin has been cleared.