Russia moves to fill void left by US in northern Syria
Russia has deployed troops to northeastern Syria in order to prevent a confrontation between Syrian forces and the Turkish troops that have been moving into the area since last week. The Turkish invasion started after US President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of US troops from the area. The Russian envoy for Syria stated that his country will not allow for a military conflict between Syria and Turkey, which is something “no one is interested” in.
Trump on Monday announced sanctions on Turkey. The US President had earlier threatened to “obliterate” the Turkish economy over the country’s actions in Syria. The Washington also urged Ankara to halt its campaign and declare a cease-fire. The European Union (EU) adopted a an arms sale embargo targeting Turkey. Experts have been warning that the US withdrawal is likely to play into the hands of major US adversaries including Assad, Russia, Iran and the Islamic State.