MOSCOW/ANKARA: Russia explained late on Sunday it experienced despatched additional armed service police to an space in northern Syria where by fighters backed by Turkey have clashed with Kurdish forces close to a strategic highway patrolled by Russian and Turkish troops.
The deployment arrives ahead of talks in Russia on Tuesday among Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu. They are envisioned to concentration in part on Syria, in which Turkey backs rebels opposed to President Bashar al-Assad, although Russia supports Assad’s forces.
Battles amongst Turkish-backed fighters and Kurdish forces erupted this month in the vicinity of the city of Ain Issa, which sits on the M4 highway that hyperlinks important Syrian towns.
Turkish forces and their Syrian insurgent allies seized territory in the region in an offensive past yr versus the Kurdish YPG militia, which retains swathes of northern and jap Syria.
A senior Turkish defence source claimed Ankara would use Tuesday’s conference to thrust its desire for the withdrawal of the YPG, which it phone calls a terrorist organisation.
“The YPG will have to surely depart Ain Issa and there is a readiness to get each sort of move to this close,” the supply claimed, requesting anonymity.
Key Youssef Hamoud, spokesman for the Turkish-backed mainstream rebels termed the Countrywide Military whose fighters are on the frontline with the YPG, informed Reuters the Kurdish-led forces experienced used the town of Ain Issa to wage a string of vehicle blasts this year, killing dozens of civilians.
The YPG types the armed forces backbone of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance which in new decades defeated Islamic Condition in northeast Syria with the assistance of U.S. air electrical power. Ankara suggests the YPG is near to militants fighting an insurgency in southeast Turkey.
The Russian defence ministry explained it had despatched far more army police to the location on Sunday.
“Earlier, for the duration of negotiations with the Turkish side, agreements ended up achieved on the deployment of joint Russian-Syrian observation posts. More units of the Russian military services law enforcement have arrived in the Ain Issa area these days (Sunday) to action up attempts to stabilise the situation,” it stated.
Hamoud stated his forces experienced not seen a new deployment of Russian troops inside the town so much.
Moscow, whose warplanes also patrol the space, referred to as on both of those sides to quit shelling just about every other and de-escalate.
It said it experienced not detected shelling from Turkish-backed fighters in the last 24 hours.
(Extra reporting by Daren Butler in Istanbul and Suleiman al Khalidi in Amman Enhancing by Tom Balmforth, Jonathan Spicer, Andrew Heavens and Nick Macfie)
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