Alwaght- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov blamed the US for fueling separatism among Syrian Kurds.
"We believe that some awkward actions of our US partners fueled separatist sentiments among some Kurds," Bogdanov said in an interview with Russia's Izvestia newspaper, Sputnik reported on Tuesday.
The deputy foreign minister noted that Washington created an illusion among the Kurdish people that the Kurds in northern Syria would be protected by the US "whatever they do."
The Russian diplomat suggested that Washington's policy to advocate secessionism among Kurds has sparked major concerns among Turkey's official about their southern borders that ultimately pushed Ankar to launch an offensive against Syria's Afrin.
On January 20, Turkey launched so-called Operation Olive Branch against Kurdish militia forces in Syria's Afrin district after the US announce a plan to work with the Kurdish militias to set up a 30,000-strong border force near Turkish soil, a move that infuriated Ankara.
Ankara views the US-backed Kurdish YPG militias as a terror organization and the Syrian branch of the outlawed Kurdish Workers Party (PKK). The latter has been fighting for an autonomous region inside Turkey since 1984.