Exclusive: No Russian withdrawal from Syria
Syrian opposition news outlets have been reporting that Russia is intending to withdraw from Syria due to the situation in Ukraine.
The east of the Euphrates in the eastern provinces of Syria is one of the closest fronts between the Russian and American forces due to the location of a Russian airbase at Qamishli airport in Al-Hasakah Province.
The base is 10 km away from the American illegal Hemo base and with the increasing US-Western pressure and economic war against Russia in order to withdraw from its military operation in Ukraine, the US is looking to exert pressure on Russians in Syria.
The Syrian opposition has also begun a broad movement, aiming to capitalize on Russia's preoccupation with current events in Ukraine and work to raise its voice in order to obtain quality weapons, as well as work to demand Syria's seats in the United Nations and the Arab League, which has yet to be heard.
Syrian opposition news platforms are rumored to have reported Russian intentions to reduce their number of forces in Syria, and gradually withdraw from several areas, including the areas east of Euphrates controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
However, according to the facts and exclusive sources, there have been no such intentions from Russian forces in Syria.
Russian activity has continued as usual with the arrival of new military equipment at Qamishli and Tabqa airports.
This indicates the expansion of the media war against the Russians to Syria, in an attempt to influence Russian activity on the most important Russian fronts in the Middle East.
Sources close to Russian forces in the east of the Euphrates told Al Mayadeen that there will be no Russian withdrawal from Syria or from the east of the Euphrates.
The sources confirmed that the military operation in Ukraine will not affect Russia's commitments in Syria, stressing that Russia is a primary guarantor of the ceasefire and de-escalation in the region with the primary goal of combatting terrorism and achieving security and stability.
On February 16, Sergei Shoigu met with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, various issues of military-technical cooperation between countries were discussed during the meeting "as part of the joint fight against the remnants of international terrorists, as well as certain aspects of Russia's humanitarian assistance to the population of Syria, suffering from prohibitive sanctions by the United States and Western countries."