America's abrupt withdrawal of its troops pushed the Kurds to strike a deal with the Russia-backed government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, allowing its forces to return to regions of northern Syria it had abandoned at the height of the eight-year-old civil war.
The move came after the United States announced it was withdrawing its troops from the area, leaving the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), its main ally in the battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) armed group, without USA military support.
Smoke billows from targets in Ras al-Ayn, Syria, caused by bombardment by Turkish forces on Tuesday.
White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien arrived in Turkey aiming to meet Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday.
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Russian Federation has moved quickly to further entrench its leadership role in the region after US President Donald Trump ordered the pullout of American forces in northeastern Syria. Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist organization. "They won't be making so much money", Mr. Trump said.
Lavrentiev, Putin's Syria envoy, earlier on Tuesday told Russian news agencies that Moscow had always considered any kind of Turkish military operation on Syrian territory unacceptable. "We are asking for a ceasefire", he said.
A similar handover took place in Raqqa, the Islamic State's capital for three years before they were driven out by US-backed Kurdish forces.
He made clear Turkey would not bow to pressure and would press ahead with the military operation until Turkish troops reach a depth of some 30 or 35 kilometer inside Syria.
Britain and Spain became the latest powers to suspend military exports to Turkey on Tuesday.
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Lavrov also blamed the United States and Western nations for undermining the Syrian state, saying this pushed "the Kurds toward separatism and confrontation with Arab tribes". Abandoned by their U.S. allies, Kurdish forces turned to the Assad regime and, indirectly, to Russian Federation.
"I was part of a phone call yesterday between President Erdogan and President Trump where President Trump received a commitment from the President of Turkey to stay away from the Kobani area to prevent further escalation in Syria", US Senator Lindsey Graham - one of the main supporters of the US president in the Senate - said on Twitter, Efe news reported.
In addition, all US forces will now evacuate northern Syria.
Lavrentiev made his comments as Turkey pressed ahead with its offensive in northern Syria despite US sanctions and growing calls for it to stop, while Syria's Russia-backed army moved on the key city of Manbij that was abandoned by USA forces. He noted that the threat of sanctions does not worry him.
Russian Federation said on Wednesday that Syrian and Turkish military forces should work out how to cooperate in northern Syria based on the Adana accord, a 1998 security pact, the state-run RIA news agency reported. Don't listen to them, you are a strong leader.
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