By: Zack Duvall
The Russian military’s General Staff confirmed on Monday that Russia has deployed military police units to Syria, and established multiple ‘monitoring’ posts and security checkpoints in the suburbs just outside of Damascus.
The news from the Russian military comes after a ceasefire deal was approved in May between Russia, Iran, Turkey, and opposition forces that looks to stop the violence in 4 different regions in the war-torn country to allow access to humanitarian aid for victims of the nation’s bloody civil war.
Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi told reporters during a news conference about the ceasefire that Russia had set-up two military checkpoints to provide “safe travel” through the area by people living in the region and medical personnel. Rudskoi also said that the four ‘monitoring posts’ established by Russian troops would allow Russia to make sure that all parties were abiding by the terms of the ceasefire.
The announcement out of Russia came under fire from UN officials who said international authorities should have jurisdiction in making sure all parties comply with the deal, and accused Russia of over-stepping its legal right by deploying yet more troops to the region.
Those claims were rebuked by Officials in Moscow, who said they were there to support the Syrian government and at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Even though the deal was reached in May, Russia’s Defense Ministry said the boundaries of the ceasefire were not finalized and agreed to by all parties until late Friday evening, and that the other 3-zones would be unveiled after Russian troops had established additional checkpoints in the areas.
No comment from the White House was immediately available Monday morning.