BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – Reports have emerged stating that Moscow and Ankara are in talks about the future of the Kurdish-held town of Tal Riffat in northern Aleppo province which still hosts a Russian military base.
Sources say that Turkey is demanding that all elements of Kurdish paramilitary forces be removed from the highly-strategic town as well as other areas still under Kurdish control in Aleppo province’s northern countryside.
Ankara apparently also wishes to see long since displaced Arab residents from Tal Riffat be allowed to return to their hometown.
Some reports (unconfirmed) suggest that a small number of Russian military personnel are still present in and around Tal Riffat despite claims of a full Russian withdrawal from the town and its surrounding area just prior to Turkey’s Olive Branch operation.
More details to come.