Moscow: US Deploys Hardware in Al-Tanf , Boosting Military Presence in Syria

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova commented the situation in Eastern Ghouta and the US military presence in Syria.
Moscow is concerned by Washington’s plans to fortify its military presence in Syria; at the US military base in al-Tanf, heavy military equipment has arrived, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing.
“There are still worried reports that the US and its allies are consolidating their illegal military presence on the sovereign territory of Syria. In particular, in the region arbitrarily established by the Americans around the village of al-Tanf in the south-east of the country, heavy equipment is arriving,” Zakharova said.
The US established the base in al-Tanf two years ago, in early 2016.
Operation in East Ghouta
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the counterterrorism operation in the Syrian East Ghouta is coming to an end.
“The counterterrorism operation in East Ghouta is over, only the city of Douma remains under the control of militants,” Zakharova said at a briefing in Moscow on Thursday.
A significant part of the civilian population was able to leave the city via humanitarian corridors organized with the assistance of the Russian military, she added.
“Negotiations are underway on the possibility of a peaceful transfer of control over the city to Syrian government forces,” Zakharova said.
The situation in Eastern Ghouta has been tense over the past months, resulting in ongoing shelling by militants of Damascus and fire from the Syrian government forces. Syrian authorities said it opened fire in response to shelling from Eastern Ghouta, but Western countries are blaming the Syrian government and Russia of being responsible for the intensification of tensions in the area.
On February 24, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2401 that urges all parties to the conflict in Syria to immediately stop fighting and adhere to a humanitarian pause for at least 30 days across Syria.