BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Russian Defense Ministry said that 276 Russian military policemen and 33 units of military equipment will be transferred to Syria within a week as they prepare to guard the border under the new Sochi deal.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said after agreements with Turkey in Sochi that the present Russian military police will have enough troops to patrol the designated area in Syria, but additional equipment will be needed in the future.
“There is no real fighting now in Syria,” the defense ministry said.
The Russian-Turkish memorandum signed last Tuesday indicates that within 150 hours, the Kurdish self-defense forces will be moved 30 kilometers from the border with Turkey to the west and east from the area of Operation Spring of Peace.
Russian military police are taking part in the Kurdish withdrawal from Wednesday.
Subsequently, joint Russian and Turkish army patrols of territory will begin 10 kilometers from the Turkish-Syrian border, with the exception of the city of Qamishli in northeastern Syria.