04:30 GMT12 July 2020
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Some 300 Russian military police personnel have arrived in Syria to help pullout Kurdish militia from the border with Turkey, the Russian Defence Ministry said Friday.

    "About 300 military police personnel from a unit stationed in the Chechen Republic, have arrived in the Syrian Arab Republic to perform special tasks," the ministry said in a statement.

    According to the statement, they "will begin to carry out tasks to assist in ensuring the safety of the population and maintaining law and order, patrolling the designated areas, as well as assisting in the withdrawal of units of the Kurdish self-defense units and their armaments to the distance of 30 kilometers [18.6 miles] from the Syrian-Turkish border."

    On Thursday, a Russian Defence Ministry source said that, in light of new tasks, another 276 Russian military police and 33 pieces of military equipment would be sent to Syria.

    Following talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regarding Turkey's Operation "Peace Spring," a Russian-Turkish memorandum was signed on Tuesday in Russia's Sochi.

    According to the agreement, units of the Russian military police and the Syrian border service are to be deployed on the Syrian side of the Syrian-Turkish border to facilitate the withdrawal of Kurdish forces and their weaponry from the border.

    The agreement stipulates that Kurdish militia would be withdrawn to a distance of 30 kilometers from the border with Turkey to the west and east of the Operation Peace Spring zone. Operation Peace Spring began on 9 October, with the intent of driving Kurdish militia and remaining Daesh fighters away from the safe zone.


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