Erdogan has called the US decision to announce a reward for help in capturing three leaders of the PKK the game

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Druginderal in Photobacterium Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Archival photoErdogan has called the US decision to announce a reward for help in capturing three leaders of the PKK the game© RIA Novosti / Alexei Druginderal the image Bank

The decision of the US state Department to announce a reward for assistance in catching the three leaders of the outlawed Turkey Kurdistan workers ‘ party (PKK) is a game that Ankara will not accept, said the President of Turkey Tayyip Erdogan.

As reported last week, Deputy assistant Secretary of state for Europe and Eurasia Matthew Palmer, the state Department has appointed a remuneration in the amount of from 3 to 5 million dollars for information that will help capture leaders of the PKK Murat Karayilan, Cemil Biega and Duran Kalkan.

Ankara has repeatedly accused Washington of arming the controlling North-Eastern Syria, self-defense forces of Syrian Kurds (YPG), which Turkey considers a terrorist organization affiliated with the PKK.

«The US move to awards for the three ringleaders of the PKK is late. We touched on this issue (in the talks with the President of the United States Donald trump in Paris). We see this as a game to legitimize the allegations that the PKK and YPG are separate organizations. Of course, we don’t buy it» — quoted by the Hurriyet newspaper the words of Erdogan, told Turkish reporters aboard the plane from Paris.

According to him, the leaders of the PKK and YPG recognize that in fact these organizations are not differentiated, and the United States «must realize this fact».

As noted by Erdogan, he also discussed with trump the business of Turkish Halkbank, the trial for which was held in the United States. Turkey seeks that in relation to Halkbank has not imposed the penalty for violation of the sanctions regime against Iran, and former Deputy Director General of Halkbank Hakan Atilla was sent from the US to Turkey to serve his prison term at home.

In may, the court in new York sentenced Attila, convicted of trying to help Iran circumvent US sanctions, to 32 months in prison. As noted in the statement of the Turkish foreign Ministry, the court’s decision was illegal and based on fabricated evidence.

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