Putin, Erdogan and Rouhani to discuss Syrian crisis in Ankara - Mensur Akgün | Al Jazeera
"Although Russia has been fairly reluctant to grant the trump card [of YPG support] to the US, it seems to have picked Turkey over the YPG as we see in the result of the operation in Afrin," Akgun told Al Jazeera. "Fighters linked to the PKK have been active in Iran as well, although not as much as Turkey. Therefore, Iran, like Turkey, does not want a strong YPG existence that might lead to an independent state there."
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