Russian troops take command of U.S. airbase in northern Syria
Earlier this was stated by representatives of the Kurdish commanders, who noted that the Russian military will train their fighters to fight ISIS.
WASHINGTON – A possible increase in Russia’s role in Syria’s military future has become a point of controversy when Moscow rejected claims by Kurdish forces to build a Russian military base in a predominantly Kurdish city in northwestern Syria.
Kurdish commanders claim Russian military will train local Kurdish fighters for war with Islamic State.
Russian troops and armored vehicles have recently been deployed in the area of Afrin in the northwest of the country to support the Syrian government, Kurdish military officials say..
The commanders of the Kurdish People’s Self-Defense Forces said that this happened after the conclusion of an agreement between them and Moscow last weekend..
“This is the first step of this kind,” a spokesman for the units, Redur Khalil, told Reuters..
Video posted by the Russian government-controlled Sputnik news agency shows Russian soldiers and tanks in Afrin.
However, representatives of the Russian military said on Tuesday that the troops are present there only as part of the “center of reconciliation”, which facilitates the organization of a ceasefire between the warring parties on the ground.. The Kremlin says it has no plans to build a military base.
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