The Russian Defense Ministry commented on reports claiming Russia is creating a new base in Syria. Sputnik reported. Earlier in the day، the Reuters news agency reported that Russian forces were setting up a military base in Afrin in agreement with the YPG. "There are no plans to create new Russian military bases on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic،" the ministry's press service said. Kurdish YPG units spokesman Redur Xelil said earlier in the day that the Kurds and Russia Russia reached an agreement on fighting terrorism which envisages Russian presence near the city of Afrin in northern Syria. The nationwide Syrian ceasefire that came into force on December 30 is backed by Russia and Turkey; it has been holding up in general، despite continued reports of violations. The UN Security Council passed a resolution in December supporting the effort.