Russia is pressuring Turkey to withdraw its forces and Syrian proxies from the Sharakrak silos in the northern Raqqa countryside, the North Press Agency (NPA) reported on November 19.
The silos, which are located near the key town of Ain Issa, overlook the strategic M4 highway. The highway links the governorates of al-Hasakah, Raqqa and Aleppo.
“This information came in conjunction with the Russian claim in Ein-Issa, that it is seeking to persuade the Turkish military controlling the silos to withdraw,” the NPA’s report reads.
Militants of the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) captured the silos in a rapid attack three days ago. This allowed Turkish forces to impose fire control of the M4 highway.
Despite Russia’s efforts to solve the situation in a peaceful manner, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched an attack to recapture the silos on November 20. No progress has been reported, so far.
Russians forces have a coordination and operations center in Ain Issa, which explains Moscow’s interest in the silos. The center can’t be secured without controlling all key positions around it, including the silos.