The General staff of the armed forces of the Russian Federation for the first time revealed a plan to embed Supervisory units in areas of de-escalation in Syria in the areas of Daraa, Quneitra, and Suwayda, informs the Agency «RIA Novosti».
The head of the main operations Directorate of the Russian General staff, Colonel-General Sergey rudskoy said in the briefing that the 21 and 22 July in Syria has deployed two checkpoints and 10 observation posts of the Russian military police.
Rudskoy emphasized that the nearest post is about 13 kilometers from the zone of separation of Israeli and Syrian troops on the Golan heights. Recall that the width of the zone of separation ranges from 500 meters to 10 kilometers. Thus, the nearest point of deployment of Russian military located not more than 23 kilometers from the border of Israel.
According to Rudskoy, Israel, Jordan and the United States was notified in advance about the location in Syria of Russian forces control through diplomatic channels.
We will remind that on July 17 the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov said that Russia and the United States did everything possible to accommodate interests and to ensure Israel’s security while creating a zone of de-escalation in the South of Syria.
A day earlier, speaking at a press conference in Paris after meeting with French President, the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu called «a very bad» agreement on the establishment of a zone of de-escalation in the South of Syria, as it makes in fact legitimate the presence of Iranian military in the region.
The evening of the same day, Netanyahu discussed the topic «the southern zone of de-escalation» and in General agreement on the cease-fire in Syria with U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson.
Formally, the agreement on a ceasefire in Syria came into force on 9 July, 12:00 local time. It applies to the province of Daraa, Quneitra and Sweida, including the territory adjacent to the Israeli and Jordanian borders. Agreement between supporters and opponents of the regime of Bashar al-Assad was concluded under the mediation of Russia, USA and Jordan.
July 9, Israeli defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman commented on the entry into force of the agreement on cease-fire in Syria: «Israel retains full freedom of action – contrary to the agreements between the trump and Putin. We will do whatever we deem necessary.»
On 7 July, the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov said that the American administration reached an understanding on ceasefire in the South-West of Syria. The specific boundaries of the zones de-escalation was defined during the meeting of the Russian-American-Jordanian expert group. It was reported that security in the South-West of the country will provide the Russian military police in cooperation with the armed forces of the United States and Jordan».
On 6 July, on the eve of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Vladimir Putin spoke by phone with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Then, the press-service of the Kremlin reported: «In the context of joint efforts in the fight against international terrorism were discussed the problems of the middle East settlement and the situation in Syria.» The office of the head of the government of Israel has not commented on the telephone conversation. In Netanyahu’s inner circle made it clear that the Prime Minister is dissatisfied with the text of the agreement on cease-fire in Syria, as it does not take into account the interests of Israel.