Russia now stands behind Syrian troops stationed in the region. On Tuesday, Russian President for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev told TASS state news agency on Tuesday that Moscow "would not allow" clashes between Turkish and Syrian forces on the spot.
Turkey stated that its purpose was to clear "terrorists" from the area and to install Syrian refugees who had taken refuge from the Turkish side of the border.
Russia's growing role
Already the strongest foreign power operating in Syria, the Kremlin's influence is likely to increase after the US withdrawal, with Russian troops filling the void left by the Americans.
Russia is a key ally in the struggle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has played a decisive role in helping the Syrian military, in addition to defeating rebels to overthrow al-Assad.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, Syrian government forces conquered two areas in northern Syria on Tuesday ̵
Russia also interrupted initial talks between the Kurds and the Syrian government, which took place at the Russian air base of Khmeimim elsewhere, Lavrentiev confirmed on Tuesday. Turkey's offensive in Syria
But its operations have drawn criticism among other members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), with Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg saying the attack must end. Several countries have also stopped arms sales to Turkey since the start of the offensive.