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SDC: Moscow responsible for Damascus’ faults, must support AANES

RAQQA, Syria (North Press) – On Monday,Ilham Ahmed, the chair of the Executive Board of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) held Moscow responsible for Damascus’ faults and said that Russia must to support the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) to correct this.

On the SDC official website, Ahmed talked about the ties between the AANES and Russia, and held it responsible for the Syrian government’s mistakes.

Areas that Russian troops entered as guarantor, according to understandings with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) following a Turkish military operation in northeast Syria, have been witnessing shelling and violations by the Turkish forces and their affiliated armed opposition groups.

In former statements, SDC accused Russian troops of pressuring the AANES to surrender the town of Ain Issa, north of Raqqa, to the Syrian government.  

Ahmed mentioned the recent visits of European delegations to AANES and said, “They are of great political and diplomatic meaning that will lead over time to the recognition of the Autonomous Administration.”  

During the past months, several European delegations paid visits to the AANES and discussed Turkish threats, detained ISIS militants, and provision of aid to IDPs from the Turkish-held Syrian areas in camps in northeast Syria.

The Autonomous Administration project “went through several difficult and dangerous phases, including the Turkish aggressions in northeast Syria and the occupation of several safe cities and towns,” Ahmed added.

She added that they were about to enhance the Administration through implementing decisions of the SDC last conference by re-structuring it, fighting corruption, and limiting the difficulties and problems that it had witnessed.   

In the current year, they aim to conduct a joint project with the Syrian opposition and with all parties of the Syrian solution without revealing other details, Ahmed said.

Reporting by Agid Mishmish

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