Representatives of the radical Syria based Kurdish party PYD, have confirmed that they will not participate in the Syrian National Dialogue Congress which begins on the 29th of January in the Russian city of Sochi. While Russia has maintained its willingness to see the participation of Kurdish political groups from Syria in the National Dialogue Congress, Turkey has insisted that such groups be limited to those with more moderate political programmes than that of the extremist PYD which has close links to the Turkey based terrorist group PKK.
This development affirms what I wrote several days ago in Eurasia Future, in respect of Turkey’s anti-YPG/PYD Operation Olive Branch:
“If the initial phase of Operation Olive Branch saw Turkey doing Syria’s ‘dirty work’ in so far as Turkey went after a direct US asset in Syria in the form of the YPG, now Turkey is even doing Russia’s dirty work in preparing itself for what could be a direct confrontation with the US proxy militia SDF which is based in north eastern Syria and comprised almost entirely of YPG units. Russia has made it clear that the US occupying forces in eastern Syria are counterproductive and serve only to set the stage for an attempted US division of Syria. However, Russia has never stated that it intends to send its troops into US controlled zones in north-eastern Syria–but hours ago, Erdogan said that he will send his troops into those very zones.
This paves the way for a Syrian National Dialogue Conference in Sochi that as Russia stated, will include some Kurdish groups, but which Turkey has implied, will not host the radical YPG–PKK’s political branch in SYria, the PYD.
This strategy helps to draw a further schism between de-facto “moderate non-rebel Kurds” who have good relations with Russia and acceptable relations with Turkey, versus the radical YPG-PKK aligned Kurds whose only remaining supporters are the United States, some EU actors and “Israel”.
From a political point of view, this satisfies Russia’s goal of including at least some moderate Kurdish groups at the forthcoming Syrian National Dialogue Congress, while also satisfying Turkey’s goal of having the Dialogue Congress in Sochi free of any pro-PKK elements”.
This development shows Russia’s commitment both to a broad participation in the Syrian National Dialogue Congress, as well as its desire to respect the wishes of Turkey and those of many in Syria who also view the YPG/PYD as a secessionist terrorist organisation. Contrary to reports elsewhere, individual Kurdish delegates will in fact be at the Sochi conference, just not the radical PYD group that is closely aligned with the United States and “Israel”.