Russia sends hundreds of military police officers to Syria

About 300 servicemen of the military police unit have been sent to Syria by Russia. A special unit was based in Chechnya, reports.

Russian soldiers will patrol the cities on the Syrian-Turkish border. In addition, the police will assist in the withdrawal of Kurdish military personnel from the border area.

Syrian Kurds have agreed to voluntarily withdraw 30 kilometres from the Syrian-Turkish border. In early October, after the U.S. announced the withdrawal of its troops, Turkey announced that it was launching a military operation to push the Kurds away from the border. Ankara’s move was criticized by Western countries. The U.S. has announced sanctions against Turkey. As a result, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced, after talks with Vladimir Putin in Sochi, that he was suspending the operation.