BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 P.M.) – Russia is one of the main instigators of the turmoil in northern Syria, as they are pushing Turkey to launch an attack east of the Euphrates, a commander from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) tweeted on Sunday, as reported by Kurdistan 24.
“Russia has frozen the campaign on Idlib because Turkey pledged to fight Kurds in Manbij and East of the Euphrates. Russia did it in Afrin and wants to repeat the scenario. Russia wants to benefit through many ways,” Polat Can, a senior commander of the SDF, tweeted on Sunday.
The SDF’s commander added that Russia is trying to punish the Syrian Kurdish because they “did not follow their orders.”
In a new interview with Kurdistan 24, the spokesperson for the People’s Protection Units (YPG), Nouri Mahmoud, shared similar thoughts, accusing Russia of promoting its own interests in Syria.
“The Russian policy has nothing to do with the Syrian people or Syrian unity. It’s only for Russia’s interests,” Mahmoud said, adding that “supposedly, a big country like Russia should find a solution for the crisis not just ensure a place for [Russian] companies.”
Mahmoud’s comments on Russian companies is a reference to the paramilitary service units like the Wagner Group.