Russia deploys military police in southern Syria

(KurdPress) – Russia deployed its military police in the Eastern Ghouta area east of Damascus to try to enforce a de-escalation zone it said it had agreed with the Syrian opposition.

The Syrian military declared a cessation of hostilities on Saturday, July 22, in the rebel-controlled region near the capital.

According to Reuters the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Monday, July 24, that its military police had set up two checkpoints and four observation posts in the area.

Military police had also been deployed to try to enforce a different de-escalation zone in southwest Syria on Friday, July 21, and Saturday, it said in the same statement, saying two checkpoints and 10 observation posts had been set up there.

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“Thus, thanks to the measures taken by the Russian Federation, we have managed to stop fighting in two of Syria’s most important areas,” senior Russian defense ministry official, Sergei Rudskoi, said.

Talks on creating a new de-escalation zone in the province of Idlib were continuing, it said.

This report prepared by KurdPress