Russian military police have taken control of a former US air base in Sarrin near Kobane in the north of Syria on Thursday following American troops’ withdrawal from the base, footage released by Russia's Ministry of Defence shows.

"At the moment, sappers are watching and looking through each building, if there are any explosive substances left, and in general, if there are any surprises for us here," said Damir, senior inspector of the military police.

According to the Russian MoD, the facility will be used to create a humanitarian aid distribution centre for local residents.

Earlier this week, the first group of Russia's Aerospace Defence Forces' helicopters arrived at the northern Qamishli airport to participate in border patrol missions with Turkey.

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