About 300 Russian military police officers have landed in Syria to keep the flashpoint Syrian-Turkish frontier in check, the Russian defense ministry said on Friday.
The military police, which landed from the Russian area of Chechnya, will work to guarantee the well being of the populace and assist Kurdish forces pull back to a line 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the border, Moscow said.
More than 20 armored vehicles were likewise sent to Syria to assist in carrying out the tasks, the defense ministry said in a statement.
This week Russia and Turkey marked an arrangement that will see Russian military police and Syrian border watches “encourage the evacuation” of Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) from inside 30 kilometers of the border.
The Turkey-Russia agreement was reached after talks between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday.
Russian military police led the first patrols on Wednesday.
The arrangement follows the decision by US President Donald Trump to pull US troops who were allied with Kurdish forces that bore the brunt of the fight against the militant Islamic State (IS) group in Syria.
But on Thursday the US said it would augment its military presence to protect northeastern Syria oil fields as Kurdish forces relinquished several positions.
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