ISTANBUL, March 20 Turkey will not accept a
"region of terror" in northern Syria and the ethnic structure of
the area should be kept intact, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister
Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday, comments that appeared aimed at
a Syrian-Kurdish militia.
His comments at news conference in Ankara came after the
Syrian-Kurdish YPG militia said Russia was setting up a military
base in northwestern Syria and would help train YPG fighters
Turkey considers the YPG, which is part of a U.S.-backed
militia fighting Islamic State in northern Syria, to be a
terrorist group and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan
Workers Party (PKK).
(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Writing by David Dolan, editing by