On Sunday, Russia related that it had dispatched more military police to an area in northern Syria where fighters backed by Turkey have fought with Kurdish forces next to a strategic highway guarded by Russian and Turkish forces. This spread comes before discussions in southern Russia on Tuesday between Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, and the Turkish Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Indeed, Syria, which Moscow and Ankara have supported different parties, is one of the themes that the two diplomats would discuss. During this month, fights between Turkey-backed fighters and Kurdish forces occurred next to the Ain Issa town in northern Syria.
The Ain Issa town is located along the M4 highway that links major Syrian cities and where Russian-Turkish guards usually happen.
Furthermore, in an attack last year against the Kurdish YPG militia that controls regions in north and east Syria, Turkish forces and their Syrian insurgent allies controlled territory in the area.