A Russian military transport aircraft has parachuted tons of military equipment to Democratic Union Party (PYD) forces near Aleppo.
A statement by the Local Coordination Committees of Syria (LCCS) confirmed that, on Wednesday, a Russian military aircraft dropped five tons of standard arms and ammunition for the PYD forces, north of Aleppo.
The Russian military support for the Syrian Kurds comes after a Russian warplane was downed by Turkey last week and tensions between Moscow and Ankara escalated in the area.
Russian manoeuvres for greater influence in the Syrian civil war by supporting Kurdish players, will anger Ankara greatly. The supplies will support Kurds in their efforts to connect Kobani and Afrin in northern Syria, by taking control of areas around the A’zaz district.
Syrian Kurdish parties, supported by both the US and Russia, have proven their effectiveness in the war against Islamic State (IS) and other radical Islamist groups.
Turkey accuses the PYD of affiliation with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), and claims that international military support to Syrian Kurdish parties will be used against Turkey by the PKK.