Damascus has agreed with the Kurdish YPG militia on sharing oil from the Al-Omar oilfield in the Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor, the Anadolu News Agency reported, citing an anonymous source in the province. According to the media, the Kurds will give the Syrian government 100 barrels of oil produced in Al-Omar in exchange for 75 barrels of fuel.
Damascus has not yet provided any comments on the reports about the alleged deal with the YPG.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stated earlier that the government was willing to negotiate with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which are dominated by the YPG, but if the talks fail the army will resort to force to liberate the country. The president also noted that "most of the SDF supporters are Syrians," which makes Damascus believe that "they also love their country and do not want to be the puppets of foreign forces."
The SDF is an alliance of Kurdish militias mostly dominated by the YPG. The SDF is named as the official defense force of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria, also known as Rojava, which was created by the Syrian Kurds in 2016. At that time, Damascus said that the move had no legal power.
Syria has been embroiled in civil war since 2011, with numerous opposition factions and terrorist groups like Daesh trying to topple the government of Assad and establish control over the country.
*Daesh (IS/ISIS/ISIl/Islamic State) — a terrorist group banned in Russia