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    Kurdish YPG Tells Sputnik About Deal With Russia Envisaging Presence in Afrin

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    The Syrian Kurdish YPG units and Russia reached an agreement on fighting terrorism which envisages Russian presence near the city of Afrin in northern Syria, spokesman Redur Xelil told Sputnik. However, Moscow has not commented on the issue yet.

    CAIRO (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, the Reuters news agency reported that Russian forces were setting up a military base in Afrin in agreement with the YPG.

    The Russian Defense Minitry didn't comment on the information yet.

    "The Russian presence in the Afrin region is based on an agreement between our troops and Russian servicemen acting in Syria within the framework of cooperation against terrorism and Russian servicemen providing support in training of our forces in conduct of modern warfare and the establishment of a point of direct contact with the Russian military forces," Xelil told Sputnik.

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