Multiple speculations are circulating about the alleged negotiations between the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces over the possible political solution for the cooperation in post-ISIS Syria.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov arrived to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)-held city of Qamishli in the northern al-Hasakah countryside to meet with officials of the SDF on October 18, Rudaw TV channel linked to the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government reported.
According to the report, Bogdanov will allegedly discuss a solution for the Syrian Kurdish issue with SDF officials, and representatives of the local communities in the SDF-held areas.
A source within the SDF told Rudaw that Bogdanov visit is part of the preparation to held a joint meeting between the SDF and Russia in the Khmeimim airbase in Latakia governorate.
The source added that over 100 officials of the SDF will attend the Khmeimim airbase meeting that will be held on November 10. The supposed meeting was mentioned previously in many reports of Kurdish and Syrian opposition outlets. However, it is not yet confirmed.
The source told Rudaw that on October 17 the SDF held a meeting with representatives of the Syrian government also in Qamishli city.
Separately, opposition sources reported that the head of the Syrian General Intelligence Directorate, Ali Mamlouk, attended the meeting. Mamlouk is considered the second man in the Syrian leadership after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The two sides allegedly discussed the future of the Kurdish YPG and other armed factions of the SDF. The Kurdish and the Syrian sides also discussed the future of the US Army deployment inside Syria, and the possible solutions of the Kurdish issue in Syria.
However, the opposition news website Enab Baladi reported that Elham Ahmed the Joint Chairperson of the Syrian Democratic Council, a political wing of the SDF, denied that Mamlouk visited Qamishli or met with any SDF officials lately.
Furthermore, Bogdanov visit to Qamishli is also not yet confirmed by any Russian official.
On October 18, it was reported that the SDF handed over Conoco gas facility in the northern Deir Ezzor countryside to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), while the SAA handed over Hussainiya village on the eastern bank of the Euphrates river to the SDF as a result of the ongoing negotiations in Qamishli. However, these reports are also not yet confirmed.