Russian MoD: Kurds Ready to Ensure Russian Servicemen Security East of
23:01 04.12.2017(updated 23:03 04.12.2017)
In coming days the whole Syrian territory to the east of Euphrates River
will be fully liberated from terrorists, according to statement made after a
meeting in Deir ez-Zor, which was attended by 23 delegates representing the
interests of all ethnic and confessional groups populating the area.
The Russian Center for Syria’s reconciliation has announced, "Co-chair of
the committee Nuri Mahmud, who represents the Kurdish militias, stated that
the Kurdish units were ready to ensure the security of the Russian
servicemen, deployed along the eastern shore of the Euphrates."
According to the statement, Mahmud has also stated that the Kurdish
militants had effectively fought against Daesh terrorist group and thanked
Russia for its assistance in bringing peace to Syria.
Mahmud stressed that the members of the Committee considered the eastern
territories of the province of Deir ez-Zor to be an integral part of Syria.
"In coming days the whole Syrian territory to the east of Euphrates will be
fully liberated from terrorists," the statement read.
In his turn, the Russian military envoy, Maj. Gen. Yevgeny Poplavsky, said
that the operation against Daesh was approaching completion.
"The actions of people's militia units against Daesh terrorists are
supported by Russian combat planes…All actions of the armed militia on the
eastern bank of the Euphrates are coordinated from Hmeymim-based
headquarters of the Russian military contingent in Syria," Poplavsky added.
According to the general, combat planes from the Russian air group in Syria
have carried out a total of 672 sorties and destroyed over 1,450 terrorist
targets in support of the offensive of the units of the people's militia
from the eastern Euphrates tribes and the Kurdish self-defense units.
The announcement was followed by the statement by President Vladimir Putin,
who saying that nearly all of Syria's territory, including areas populated
by Christian groups, have been liberated from the terrorists with the
support of the Russian military.
The first meeting of the members of the Committee for the Governing of the
Eastern Territories of the Euphrates was held on December 3 in Syria's Deir
ez-Zor province, which was attended by 23 delegates representing the
interests of all ethnic and confessional groups populating the eastern bank
of the river. The main tasks of the committee will be setting up local
governing bodies, organizing the delivery of humanitarian aid, and ensuring
safe return of refugees to the areas liberated from terrorists, as well as
demining of the territory and restoring the infrastructure.