On February 7, a unit of the Russian Military Police entered Turkish-occupied areas in the northern countryside of Syria’s al-Hasakah.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the unit’s officers will hold a meeting with representatives of the Turkish military in Uluk near the border town of Ras al-Ain soon. The subject of the meeting is yet to be known.
Several units of the Russian Military Police were deployed in northeastern Syria in 2019 to observe the ceasefire between Turkish forces and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
While in the Turkish-occupied part of northern al-Hasakah, Russian personnel didn’t face any harassment from Turkish-backed militants.
The militants, who issue threats against Russian forces day and night, looked away as Russian troops were moving in the heart of their territory. This led to some criticism by opposition activists.
Russian military patrol was spotted today in the controlled territories of pro-Turkish paramilitaries in the area of the Asda village in Ras Al Ain, the Al Hasakah countryside pic.twitter.com/OuyrfIdsZK
— ZOKA (@200_zoka) February 7, 2021
Recently, Turkish forces stepped up their attacks on the SDF in northeastern Syria, mainly in northern Raqqa. Russian and Turkish officers may be planning to discuss this in their upcoming meeting in Uluk.
The cooperation between Russian and Turkish forces in northeastern Syria is meant to stabilize the region. However, very little progress has been achieved in this regard since the establishment of the ceasefire.
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