Syrian Kurds announced the establishment of a Russian base on their territory

Russia and the Kurdish People’s Defense Forces (YPG) have reached an agreement on the establishment of a military base in the area of ​​the Kurdish enclave of Afrin to fight terrorism, Reidur Khalil, the official representative of the Syrian Kurdish militia, said on Monday.

“The Russian presence in the Afrin region is based on an agreement between our troops and the Russian military in Syria in the framework of cooperation against terrorism and the provision of Russian military assistance in training our forces to conduct a modern war and establish a point of direct contact with the Russian military,” Khalil said in a statement.

A spokesman for the Kurdish PDS party in Moscow confirmed to Vedomosti information about the establishment of a Russian military base near the city of Afrina:

“The establishment of such a base is a positive step, as our troops have already proven to the world their consistency and success in the fight against terrorism. As for the possible deterioration of relations with the Turks, they are generally allergic to everything related to the Kurds. Turks on the Syrian territory are invaders, and there is nothing to do here. “

In accordance with the Russian-Turkish agreements of December 30, 2016, the units of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria carry out round-the-clock monitoring of the cessation of hostilities (RDBMS). To prevent violations of the RPBD, one of the offices of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the warring parties is located in the province of Aleppo near Afrina, in the area of ​​contact between the detachments of the Kurdish militia and the Turkish-controlled formations of the Syrian Free Army. ” According to a man close to the Defense Ministry, a number of photographs that captured the passage of these Russian servicemen under the protection of the Russian military police could become a source of information about the “Russian base.” According to him, the convoy also delivered humanitarian aid, and a similar item will be deployed eastward in the controlled Kurds of Manjige.

To fight terrorism, there is no sense in establishing a permanent military base, says Alexei Malashenko, professor at the Institute for Dialogue of Civilizations: “You can deploy such a base anywhere, at least in Krasnaya Presnya, because terrorists are a mobile community”. Neither Moscow nor Ankara is interested in exacerbating the Kurdish issue, the expert continues: a month later, Turkey will host a referendum on amendments to the constitution, which will strengthen Erdogan, and almost one in five of Turkey’s residents are Kurds. “Part of the Turkish establishment, especially the military, such close proximity to the Russian military in the north of Syria is annoying, but they treat it with understanding, because Russia and Turkey, if not allies, at least partners. Moscow will also not openly speak out for or against the Kurds, “concludes Malashenko.

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