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Syria: Russian military police prepare for joint patrol mission with Turkey

Syrian Arab Republic, al-Darbasiyah
October 31, 2019 at 21:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

Footage filmed on Thursday, shows a convoy of Russian military police patrolling areas in al-Darbasiyah, in the northeast of Syria, in preparation for the joint Turkish-Russian patrol mission that was agreed upon in Sochi, due to start on Friday.

Reports say that the joint patrol mission will start with covering a seven kilometre area (5 miles) to the south of the Turkish border.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that joint Russian-Turkish patrols, as laid out in an agreement between the Turkish and Russian governments in Sochi, will begin in northeastern Syria on Friday, but added that Turkish military operations could start again if Kurdish forces did not fully withdraw from the so-called 30-kilometre (20 mile) safe zone.

On Tuesday, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the withdrawal of Kurdish forces and their equipment from near the Turkish-Syrian border had been completed. According to Shoigu, more than 100 square kilometres (38 square miles) have been demined and various explosives have been neutralised.

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Footage filmed on Thursday, shows a convoy of Russian military police patrolling areas in al-Darbasiyah, in the northeast of Syria, in preparation for the joint Turkish-Russian patrol mission that was agreed upon in Sochi, due to start on Friday.

Reports say that the joint patrol mission will start with covering a seven kilometre area (5 miles) to the south of the Turkish border.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that joint Russian-Turkish patrols, as laid out in an agreement between the Turkish and Russian governments in Sochi, will begin in northeastern Syria on Friday, but added that Turkish military operations could start again if Kurdish forces did not fully withdraw from the so-called 30-kilometre (20 mile) safe zone.

On Tuesday, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the withdrawal of Kurdish forces and their equipment from near the Turkish-Syrian border had been completed. According to Shoigu, more than 100 square kilometres (38 square miles) have been demined and various explosives have been neutralised.

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