Deputy Chief of Russia’s General Staff and the head of Russian forces in Syria Lieutenant General Alexander Chaiko has inspected the northeastern ‘safe zone’ area in Syria, according to a video released by Zvezda TV released on December 8.
The visit took place in the framework of a joint Russian-Turkish patrol along the M4 highway to the east of the Euphrates. According to the Zvezda TV report, the patrol also inspected the ongoing de-mining efforts in Alia and Tell Tamr, as well as the reconstruction works at the electric substation near the Mabrouka camp for displaced people west of Ras al-Ayn.
Another point of the joint patrol and inspection was to confirm the withdrawal of Kurdish armed groups from the area.
Kurdish media reported that on December 7 Lieutenant General Alexander Chaiko discussed with the head of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, Mazloum Kobani, the implementation of the second phase for the agreement between the SDF and the Syrian Army – the establishment of the border security in northern Syria.
The second phase will reportedly include the deployment of Syrian Border Guard units along the border from Kobani to Semelka, two towns along Syria’s border with Turkey and Iraq respectively.
Last week, the SDF and Russia agreed on the deployment of Russian troops in Amuda, Tell Tamir and Ayn Issa during the meeting in Amuda, Syria’s Hasakah province.