WASHINGTON – President Trump announced Wednesday that the United States has brought about a permanent ceasefire in northeastern Syria by recognizing a preliminary agreement on Turkey and Russia's enforcement and lifting the sanctions he imposed after the March invasion of the country Turkey had imposed into the Kurds -Run areas south of its border.
The President announced the announcement as a triumph of diplomacy. But even many leading Republicans have proclaimed the American withdrawal from Syria – which allowed the Turkish invasion of northeastern Syria earlier this month ̵
On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir V. Putin committed his military to joint security patrols with Turkish forces to enforce the ceasefire in northern Syria. These patrols are part of Turkey and Russia's efforts to force Kurdish fighters from areas they controlled in Syria after US troops withdrew this month on orders from Mr. Trump.
"Others came out to help, and we invited them to do so; other countries have made progress " Trump said and seemed to refer to the negotiating sessions in Sochi, Russia, on Tuesday between Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "They want to help, and we think that's great."
He did not apologize for the concomitant withdrawal of American troops from the region, which led to their Kurdish allies facing the Turkish attack. Mr Trump also said that he would lift the sanctions he imposed on Turkey, including steel tariffs, after the country invaded Northeast Syria on 9 October 1945. 19659002 The Turkish government told my government that they would stop fighting and their offensive in Syria, and make the ceasefire permanent, "he said.
The Finance Ministry announced Wednesday that it will lift the sanctions it imposed at the beginning of this Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and the Minister of National Defense, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, and Interior Minister
"Following the ceasefire and at the direction of President Donald J. Trump Two ministries of Turkey and three senior officials of the country are expelled from the Ministry of Finance, "Foreign Minister Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.
The Ministry of Finance's statement did not mention the increased tariffs that Trump imposed on Turkish steel at the same time as the United States the sanctions on announced in October. 14 . Mr. Trump said at the time that the steel tariffs on Turkey would rise from 25 percent to 50 percent. Trump has repeatedly attempted to portray this month's events along the Syrian-Turkish border as a victory, even though the American military, the diplomatic corps, and even some of its most steadfast conservative allies, found great anger.
The crisis broke out after Mr. Erdogan notified Mr. Trump in a October. 6 Call he intended to invade in northeastern Syria. Mr. Trump has withdrawn several dozen American troops in the region to clear them of the way, giving Turkey the green light to invade. Mr. Trump's decision blinded many high-ranking government officials.
Mr. Trump seemed to reject the idea of Russian influence. "This was a result of us, the United States and no one else," he said. "No other nation. Very easy. "
Mr. Erdogan said he is creating a buffer zone to prevent Syrian-Kurdish fighters he associates with anti-Turks from threatening Turkish territory. He also said that he wanted to create a "safe zone" in which Turkey could relocate some of the 3.6 million Syrian refugees who flocked to Turkey as a result of the bloody civil war.
Alan Rappeport contributed to the coverage.
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