December 28, 2018 / 10:07 AM / 19 days ago

Kremlin welcomes return of Syrian Kurdish territories to Damascus

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov looks on during a visit to the Mazda Sollers Manufacturing Rus joint venture plant of Sollers and Japanese Mazda in Vladivostok, Russia September 10, 2018. Valery Sharifulin/TASS Host Photo Agency/Pool via REUTERS/Files

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia welcomes the return of Kurdish territories in Syria to the control of President Bashar al-Assad’s government, the Kremlin spokesman said on Friday, after Damascus said its forces had entered the town of Manbij.

“This is a positive trend,” spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call.

Russia is a staunch ally of Assad in the Syrian conflict.

Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Gareth Jones

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