September 26, 2019 / 10:44 PM / 5 months ago

Erdogan says efforts for Syria "safe zone" with U.S. continue, preparations complete -NTV

ANKARA, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Scheduled efforts by Turkey and the United States to establish a planned "safe zone" in northeastern Syria continue, but Ankara has completed its preparations along its borders, President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Friday.

The two NATO allies started joint land and air patrols along part of the border strip, but Ankara says Washington is stalling the process aimed at pushing the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia from the border, warning of unilateral action if the plans fail.

Erdogan, who spoke to reporters on his return flight from the U.N. General Assembly, also said he had proposed buying U.S. Patriot defense systems to President Donald Trump if the U.S. offer could match a deal for Russian S-400 systems that Ankara received in July, according to broadcaster NTV. (Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien)

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