Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Monday that Ankara would launch an operation in northeastern Syria if the area was not cleared of PKK-affiliated People's Protection Units (YPG) terrorists.
Çavuşoğlu said the United States and Russia have not done what was required under agreements that halted Turkey's operation against the YPG terrorists in northeastern Syria last month.
"Have they fulfilled whatever was necessary under the agreements? No, they have not until now. But they should," Çavuşoğlu told members of the Turkish parliament's planning and budget committee.
The deal stipulated that the YPG, the Syrian affiliate of the internationally recognized terror group PKK, would be removed from a swathe of land bordering Turkey in northeastern Syria.
"If we do not achieve any result, as we had started the operation (before) ... we will do whatever is necessary (in northern Syria)," he said.
Çavuşoğlu noted that Turkey has no other solution besides clearing the region of all terror groups.