300 Russian police in Syria for border patrols



Some 300 Russian military police have arrived in Syria to patrol the flashpoint Syrian-Turkish frontier, the Russian defence ministry said on Friday.
The military police, who arrived from the Russian region of Chechnya, will work to ensure the safety of the population and help Kurdish forces withdraw to a line 30 kilometres (18 miles) from the border, Moscow said.
More than 20 armoured vehicles were also sent to Syria to help carry out the tasks, the defence ministry said in a statement. This week Russia and Turkey signed a deal that will see Russian military police and Syrian border guards “facilitate the removal” of Kurdish People’s Protection Units from within 30 kilometres of the border.
The Turkey-Russia agreement was reached after marathon talks between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday.— AFP