Russia rejects German vision for security zone in northern Syria: Report

Turkish soldiers in the town of Ras al Ayn in northeastern Syria. (Photo: AP)

Russia does not see any need to establish a security zone under international control in northeastern Syria, an idea aired by Germany, the RIA Novosti news agency reported on Wednesday, citing Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Germany’s defense minister has suggested creating an internationally controlled security zone involving Turkey and Russia, the first time Berlin has proposed a military mission in the Middle East.

The US and NATO cautiously welcomed the proposal on Wednesday.

Russia on Tuesday struck a deal with Turkey that will see Syrian and Russian forces deploy to northeast Syria to remove Kurdish-led forces and their weapons from the border with Turkey.

It has said that Moscow and Ankara will jointly monitor the arrangement.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:56 - GMT 06:56