Russia says its military police units are patrolling along contact line areas between Turkish and Syrian armies near Syria’s flashpoint northern city of Manbij to help avert a possible confrontation following the withdrawal of American troops and the subsequent launch of a Turkish offensive against Kurdish militants in the area.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Russia’s Defense Ministry said the patrols were taking place around Manbij, where Syrian government forces have now been deployed under a deal with authority-seeking Kurdish militants who controlled the area.
“The Syrian government army has full control over the city of Manbij and nearby settlements,” read the statement.
“Russian military police continue to patrol the northwestern border area of Manbij district along the line of contact between the Syrian Arab Republic and Turkish armed forces,” it added. “Cooperation is organized with the Turkish side.”
Russia has made no secret of its outright opposition to Turkey’s military incursion into Syria, calling it “unacceptable.”