As the United States recedes with its protective shields from northern Syria and Turkey takes on to offensive insurgence, Russia is the new kid on the block, who has vowed that it will not sit and see Ankara take over the Syrian turf.
On Trump’s instructions, the many special operation troops were retracted overnight. As many as 30 of such troops had been running on various observations post across North of Syria.
With the protective shield provided to these posts and Kurdish forces gone, the land is open to complete Turkish invasion, state political analysts worldwide.
Nothing seems to go to stop Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan from taking control of the mineral-rich 30km stretch at the northern side of Syria, which he has been terming as a ‘safe zone’ to re-home more than 3 million displaced Syrian refugees that have found support in Turkey only.
But Russia isn’t in the mood to act as the US. “This would simply be unacceptable… and therefore we will not allow it, of course,” is the message that Moscow’s special envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentyev has given off to the media.
Russia’s role becomes important now, more than ever, as it remains Assad’s alliance and would do anything to still get rid of Kurdish forces which are in loggerheads with Turkish and Assad lead forces, and was solely receiving support from American troops to keep the rebel forces at bay. The Turkish offensive is said to have started last week after talks with the US failed to come to any conclusion.
In his official statements, Lavrentyev said that Turkey had agreed in its previous agreements to go only 5-10km (3-6 miles) into Syria – far less than the 30km “safe zone” Ankara is now proposing. Lavrentyev further added that Turkey has no right to permanently deploy its troops in the country.
Lavrentyev has confirmed that Russia had helped to broker a deal between Kurds and Damascus that saw Kurdish-led forces cede territory to Syrian government troops in return for military support.
This was a result of America pulling out the support of the Kurdish led forces, leaving for them to fend for themselves.
The Syrian refugee resettlement will comprise of many who are not Kurds and critics have reasons to believe that this movement could lead to the ethnic cleansing of the local Kurdish population.
For its support, Moscow is known to have already started sending support to Assad forces, running patrols to separate warring factions and even re-established the abandoned American posts in Northern Syria.
Indeed, there has been a dramatic turnaround to an eight-year-old influence on conflict-laden Syrian land that has shifted from the United States to Russia.
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