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Moscow, Ankara- Moscow announced on Thursday that it had warned Washington from any attempts of shelling from areas where its allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are deployed in eastern Syria.

“Any attempts of shelling from the areas where the militants of the Syrian Democratic Forces are based will be immediately curbed,” Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Thursday.

The spokesman said that SDF militants deployed on the eastern banks of the Euphrates with US special forces had twice opened fire with mortars and artillery on Syrian troop, adding that several servicemen of Russia’s special operations forces were currently working along the regime forces to destroy ISIS in the area.

Russia warned a representative of the US command in Al Udeid, Qatar, through a special channel of communication that any firing points in these areas will be immediately suppressed by all means of destruction.

Also, on Thursday, Russia’s presidential Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said he Kremlin agrees with the assessment of the Russian Defense Ministry that the US had a role in initiating the militants’ attack in the Idlib de-escalation zone in Syria.

“This [assessment of events by the Kremlin] cannot differ from what was stated by the Defense Ministry. That’s why all that was said does not need any more comments,” Russia’s news agency TASS quoted Peskov as saying.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that his country would deploy troops in Idlib, northern Syria, as part of the de-escalation agreement brokered by Russia last month.

On Thursday, a convoy of Turkish military vehicles crossed the Turkish-Syrian border and stationed in the buffer zone between the two countries.

Erdogan mentioned that he plans to invite his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to Turkey next Thursday to discuss the latest political and field developments in Syria, particularly the situation in the province of Idlib where some problems emerged lately.