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Syrian Kurdish militia says it's getting Russian training

21 March 2017

Russian Federation has denied that it is setting up a military base in northwestern Syria in an agreement with YPG militia and will be training YPG fighters, the defense ministry said Monday. Ankara views the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is waging an insurgency inside Turkey.

"An agreement was signed between our units and Russian forces operating in Syria that will train us in modern military tactics", Xalil told AFP.

The militia's spokesman Redur Xelil had claimed earlier Monday that they had concluded the agreement with Russia on Sunday, and that Russian troops had already arrived at the position in the northwestern province of Afrin with troop carriers and armored vehicles.

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"This is the first agreement of its kind, although we have had previous cooperation [with the Russians] in Aleppo city", he added.

Moscow will set up a military base in the Kurdish-controlled town, he said, as Russian military police entered Afrin on Monday.

The U.S. -backed YPG has proven to be one of the most effective forces battling the Islamic State group, and has carved out a semi-autonomous zone along the Turkish frontier. It receives equipment, weapons and air support from the US.

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"Some are working with us through the Syrian Democratic Forces to fight ISIS (IS), some are not".

Russian Federation is a long-term backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but also recently worked closely with rebel supporter Turkey to try to end the six-year war in Syria.

The Foreign Office advises against all travel to Syria and says "anyone who does travel to these areas, for whatever reason, is putting themselves in considerable danger".

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Syrian Kurdish militia says it's getting Russian training