The Syrian army deployments into Kurdish-held territory are a victory for President Bashar al-Assad and his most powerful ally, Russia, giving them a foothold in the biggest remaining swath of the country that had been beyond their grasp.
Trump appears to want to appear tough on Turkey to pre-empt questions from Congress and the USA security services over the implications of his decision to let Turkey attack the Kurds in Syria, Braml said.
On Tuesday, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ruled out a ceasefire, adding that it was "not negative" for the Syrian army to enter Manbij, as long as fighters in the area were cleared.
Syrian forces moved into the city west of the Euphrates on Tuesday, filling a void left by United States troops who had patrolled the city with Turkey's military under a longstanding agreement.
The U.S. military also formally contacted the Turkish military to protest the risk posed to the American forces by the nearby presence of Turkish-backed fighters.
Both Russia and Iran are highly interested in attaining footholds in northern Syria.
Meanwhile, Russia's Defense Ministry said its troops were patrolling along the front line between Syrian and Turkish forces outside the northern town of Manbij, west of the Euphrates River, to keep them separated, Russian state media reported.
It appears impossible for the USA government to ever fully reverse the consequences of Trump's abrupt decision: a bloody Turkish incursion that freed hundreds of Islamic State terrorists, a deal between the Kurds and the Syrian government long opposed by the US and a rise in Russian and Iranian influence in the region.
Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told reporters Washington is "deeply concerned" that Russian troops are patrolling between the two sides.
The U.N. Security Council will likely meet on Wednesday to discuss the latest developments in Syria, diplomats said, the second such session since Turkey began its offensive.
The US military also tried to hinder the dispatch of Syrian and Russian forces near Manbij, the London-based war monitoring group said. The Russian military has shipped weapons to Damascus, trained thousands of troops and put its advisers in key Syrian military units. It said at least 69 civilians have been killed in Syria. These sanctions are for Turkey's purchase of the S-400 missile defense system from Russian Federation and for the participation of Halkbank, a state run Turkish bank, in busting sanctions against Iran.
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Manbij is close to zones controlled by Turkey-backed rebels.
Rarely has a presidential decision resulted so immediately in what his own party leaders have described as disastrous consequences for American allies and interests....
A senior Trump administration official said Washington would threaten more sanctions to persuade Turkey to reach a ceasefire and halt its offensive. Turkey considers them a "terrorist group".
Geng made the remarks when asked to comment on Turkey's military operations in northeast Syria, which started on October 9 and have already led to casualties.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Monday he will lead a delegation to Turkey in the "immediate future" in an effort to end the violence.
He said that "no one is interested" in potential fighting between regime troops and Turkish forces that entered Syria last week. A ministry video said the strike "destroyed the baby killer ... terrorists" who target residential areas with mortars, as they prepared for "new massacres".
The UN Security Council planned a closed meeting Wednesday on the situation, requested by Germany and other European Union members.
China is concerned that the Turkish action could lead to the escape of a large number IS militants as many of them stated to be Uighurs from the restive Chinese province of Xinjiang where Beijing is conducting a massive crackdown on the members of the separatist East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM).
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ambassadors also will meet on Wednesday in Brussels on Turkey's offensive, said alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
But Mr. Erdoğan's plan to control a buffer zone in northern Syria - with one stated aim to provide a "safe" resettlement place for 2 million of the Syrian civil war refugees now in Turkey - may already have been undone by the swift return to northeast Syria of Mr. Assad's forces.