Syria’s YPG welcomes Russian intervention

Closest ground ally of US in Syria, YPG, welcomes recently Russian intervention in country

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The President of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) Salih Muslim has reacted positively to the recent Russian intervention in the country and said ''we will fight alongside whoever fights Daesh [ISIS]."

PYD's armed wing People's Protection Units (YPG) have so far been the closest on-the-ground ally of the US in the fight against ISIS.

Muslim described the latest situation on the ground after Russian military existence gained momentum and air strikes hit some rebel-held areas.

He said that ''Russia and the United States seem to have established their own zones of influence within Syria. The US is active in the north. The Russians will not meddle in the north.''

“We want Russia to provide us air support as well as weapons in our fight against the ISIL [ISIS] militants,” a YPG commander, Sipan Hemo, was quoted telling the Russian Sputnik news portal. “We can organize an effective cooperation with Russia on the issue.”

Russia started conducting air strikes in Syria immediately after authorisation was granted by the Russian parliament on Wednesday, initially claiming to be targeting ISIS militants.

The Kremlin confirmed on Wednesday that they have been targeting non-ISIS groups fighting against the Assad regime.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted saying, "the goal [of the Russian operation] is to help the Syrian armed forces in their weak spots in the fight against ISIS and other terrorist and extremist groups."

US President Barack Obama, on the other hand, said that Russian air strikes against the Syrian rebels are hurting the chances of a resolution in the country by weakening the opposition and strengthening ISIS.

Obama warned on Friday that the recent Russian air strikes in Syria in support of the Assad regime would hurt Russia.

TRTWorld and agencies