MOSCOW, March 20 Russia does not plan to open
new military bases in Syria, the defence ministry said on
Monday, after the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said it had reached
a deal with Moscow for a new military base in northwestern
"There are no plans to deploy new Russian military bases on
the territory of Syria," the defence ministry statement read.
It added that a section of its "reconciliation centre",
which Russia says helps negotiate local truces between the
warring sides in Syria, was located in Aleppo province near
Afrin for the prevention of ceasefire violations.
YPG spokesman Redur Xelil told Reuters that Russian troops
had already arrived in the northwestern region of Afrin with
troop carriers and armoured vehicles as part of an agreement
concluded on Sunday.
(Reporting by Alexander Winning and Tatiana Ustinova; Editing
by Christian Lowe)