On June 17, the Russian Military Police withdrew from a temporary post in the town of Deir Ghusun in the northeastern al-Hasakah countryside.
Russian forces established the post a day earlier to distribute aid to locals and enable them to harvest their farmlands on the border with Turkey.
“The presence of Russian forces in the town of Deir Ghusun is to protect combine harvesters from being targeted by Turkish gendarmerie,” Vedeng’s reporter said.
Units of the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF), however, sabotaged the delivery of the humanitarian aid blocking locals from receiving it.
According to pro-SDF sources, Russian officers attempted to convince the locals that the post is needed to protect them. Nevertheless, the locals allegedly insisted that Russian forces should withdrew.
This was not the first such incident. Earlier this month, the Russian Military Police faced a similar situation in the town of Qasr Deep in northeast al-Hasakah.
These incidents appear to be politically-motivated. The SDF aim is likely to restrict the movement of the Russian Military Police in northeast al-Hasakah, where U.S. forces are present.