US Has Not Informed Russia On Syria Troop Withdrawal, Russia Not Sure It's Happening - Kremlin
12:22 08.10.2019(updated 12:48 08.10.2019)
Earlier on Tuesday, the Turkish Defence Ministry said that all preparations for a military operation in Syria had been completed. Ankara says the establishment of a safe zone is necessary to ensure the peace and stability of the region.
The US has not informed Russia about its plans to withdraw troops from Syria, and Moscow is not sure it is happening, Russia's presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
"No, no one has informed us. You and us don't know yet what troops are being withdrawn from there, to what extent and are they withdrawn at all. You know, there have been different statements about troops pullout from different parts of the world that have not been confirmed. This is why we are following developments of the situation very attentively," Peskov noted.
Mr Peskov added that President Putin has not yet discussed the latest developments in Syria with US President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Last Saturday, Erdogan announced that Turkey might launch a military operation in Syria to force Kurdish fighters from the border areas. Ankara insists it is essential to bring peace and stability in the region and give security guarantees to Syrians. Washington, which supports Kurdish forces in northern Syria, responded on Sunday by saying that it did not endorse Ankara's move and would withdraw its troops from the area.
Turkey says it needs a "safe zone" to control its border with Syria and resettle up to two million of the more than 3.6 million Syrian refugees currently living in Turkey.
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