The troops moved along the M-4 highway. The Russian convoy included several armored vehicles and armored personnel carriers. According to the publication avia.pro , probably the checkpoint of the American authorities is temporary. It was built in order to deploy Russian troops after the US military became aware of the movement of Russian equipment. The publication suggested that the Americans deployed the checkpoint urgently and built it only on the eve of the arrival of the Russian military, since earlier, during such operations, military journalists were present on the spot to cover the victories of the Americans in Syria. This time, there were no journalists at the checkpoint on Friday when the incident occurred. Arab media noted that relations between the Russian and American military in Syria have deteriorated significantly, between them in the republic began an undeclared "cold war". Earlier, the Russian military did not let the Americans into the western part of Syria, deploying them at a checkpoint near Kamyshly.
Russian troops in Syria are helping the country fight terrorists, the Russian Foreign Ministry explained earlier. The presence of American troops in the country is called occupation . Earlier, the United States accused Russia of allegedly transporting military personnel, both its own and mercenaries from third countries from Syria to Libya, but could not provide evidence for this. The UN confirmed the presence in Libya of the order of a thousand Russian mercenaries of the private military company Wagner. They were accused of using chemical weapons in the country.