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ANKARA, (BM) – The US military managed to squeeze Russia out of northern Syria, despite a noticeable complication in relations with the Kurds, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing news agency Aviapro.
According to the Turkish news publication Anadolu, Russia not only failed to reach any agreement with the Kurdish forces, but the situation turned out to be so complicated that the Russian military was simply squeezed out of the territory in northern Syria.
According to a Turkish information publication, initially Russia planned to create some armed formations in the northern part of the Arab Republic that could provide control over certain areas, however, under strong pressure from the United States, the Kurds refused any cooperation with the Russian military.
“The US did not allow Russia to create a “militia” in northern Syria through pressure and threats. This is exactly what the Turkish state news agency Anadolu claims with reference to local sources. According to Anadolu, the Russian military planned to attract local residents of the towns of Amud and Tel Tamr to protect military facilities created by the Russian Defense Ministry in northern Syria. In response, the Americans began to exert extreme pressure on the Kurds to sabotage the Russian initiative, and they promised to send young people to fight in Libya if they cooperate with the Russians. As a result, no more than 100 people gathered. I had to abandon the project. According to Anadolu, about 700 Russian troops are deployed at 18 locations in Hasek, Rakka and Aleppo provinces, and their repeated attempts to occupy the area of the Rumeylan oil field east of El Kamyshlo ran into opposition from the US forces” the Military Review writes.
It should be clarified that today the Russian military is faced with the most powerful opposition in Syria from the United States.
In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, dozens of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concluded an agreement according to which a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would be able to use force.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind a number of Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Turkey is also supported by militants loyal to it.
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