U.S. seeks Turkish ceasefire from meeting with Erdogan: Mike Pompeo

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Meanwhile, US Vice President Mike Pence has flown to Ankara to meet with Erdogan and remind him of these sanctions, which the US says will not be lifted until the crisis is resolved.

However, recent developments suggest that Washington may indeed hurt the Turkish presidency.

Russia's presidential envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev said on Tuesday that Turkey has no right to deploy its forces in Syria permanently.

Erdogan says he's re-evaluating his planned visit next month to the U.S. The Southern District of NY moved on Tuesday to file criminal charges against Turkey's state-run Halkbank for allegedly taking part in a multibillion-dollar scheme to evade sanctions on Iran.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday that Moscow expected the Turkish operation "to be proportionate to the goal of national security".

On Tuesday, Russia - a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad - said its forces were patrolling along the "line of contact" between Syrian and Turkish forces.

Turkey has said the PKK and the YPG/PYD constitute the biggest threats to Syria's future, jeopardizing the country's territorial integrity and unitary structure.

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Yet the current outrage is focused on Trump's rapid abandonment of Kurdish fighters who worked with US troops and, for five years, were relied upon as a key ally.

Russian Federation has moved quickly to further entrench its leadership role in the region after US President Donald Trump ordered the pullout of American forces in northeastern Syria.

Trump played down the crisis on Wednesday, saying the conflict was between Turkey and Syria and that it was "fine" for Russian Federation to help its ally Damascus.

In an address to his ruling party legislators, Erdogan said Turkey would not be coerced into stopping its offensive or accept offers for a mediation with the Kurdish fighters, which Turkey considers as terrorists.

On Monday, Trump announced sanctions on Turkey to punish it for the offensive.

On Monday, Trump announced a halt to negotiations on a $100 billion trade deal with Turkey. Russia, a close ally of Damascus, has been critical of Turkey's military operation. Washington has complained about Turkish artillery fire near its troops.

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But Mr Erdogan has remained unfazed by the pressure, telling reporters: "They tell us "to declare a ceasefire".

Trump emphasized that U.S. troops were out of harm's way and that the fallout from the USA withdrawal was for Syria, Turkey and Russian Federation to work out among themselves.

Syrian forces have since taken control of an area of more than 1,000 square kilometers around Manbij, the Russian Defense Ministry was quoted as saying.

'The regime entering Manbij is not very negative for me. Why?

Kurdish authorities also said Turkish warplanes and artillery that struck many detention camps also led to the escape of several ISIS prisoners and almost 785 people linked to Islamic State fighters.

Erdogan, who like Trump faces political difficulties at home, wants to create a buffer zone stretching 30 kilometres (20 miles) from the border into Syrian territory.

"Lindsey Graham would like to stay in the Middle East for the next thousand years with thousands of soldiers fighting other people's wars", Trump said. "We can never declare a ceasefire".

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"The US can not stick to unilateralism", Cavusoglu said.

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