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Russia says has no plans for new military bases in Syria
March 20, 2017 / 4:59 PM / 8 months ago

Russia says has no plans for new military bases in Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia does not plan to open new military bases in Syria, the defence ministry said on Monday, after the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said it had reached a deal with Moscow for a new military base in northwestern Syria.

People and civil defence personnel remove rubble as they look for survivors at a damaged site after an air strike on rebel-held Idlib city, Syria March 19, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Abdullah

“There are no plans to deploy new Russian military bases on the territory of Syria,” the defence ministry statement read.

It added that a section of its “reconciliation centre”, which Russia says helps negotiate local truces between the warring sides in Syria, was located in Aleppo province near Afrin for the prevention of ceasefire violations.

YPG spokesman Redur Xelil told Reuters that Russian troops had already arrived in the northwestern region of Afrin with troop carriers and armoured vehicles as part of an agreement concluded on Sunday.

Reporting by Alexander Winning and Tatiana Ustinova; Editing by Christian Lowe

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