Putin doubts Turkey to be able to contain ISIS in Syria

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 13, 2019

The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) expects to sign 10 agreements with a total value of over 2 billion USA dollars when Russian President Vladimir Putin pays a state visit to Saudi Arabia on October 14, the RDIF head said Thursday.

Such buffer zones were guarded by Syrian Kurds but now "the Turkish army is moving in and the Kurds are abandoning those camps", creating the power vacuum. "I'm not sure if the Turkish army can - and how quickly - take control of it", the president said.

He added that according to the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian General Staff, there are hundreds if not thousands of militants in the area.

Russian Federation emerged a leading power broker in Syria after it launched a military intervention there in 2015, turning the tide of the war in favour of its ally in Damascus, President Bashar al-Assad. "It's a real threat to all of us", Putin said. "We should understand what things are like there and muster our intelligence resources to thwart this new threat", Putin said, addressing other CIS leaders.

President Donald Trump has said that the US took "the worst of the worst" Kurdish-held ISIS prisoners into custody, but thousands remain in northeastern Syria.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is pictured during a meeting in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, on October, 10, 2019. "They could just escape", Putin was quoted as saying.

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