Russian troops entered the city of Saraqib on the front line in Idlib

DAMASCUS, (BM) – Units of the Russian military entered the city of Saraqib, located on the front line in the Syrian province of Idlib. This was reported in the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of the warring parties, learned

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The center noted the importance of control over Saraqib for security and travel along two key Syrian highways – M4 and M5.

In February, fierce fighting broke out between government forces and militants supported by Turkey in and around Sarakib. In early February, the Syrian army recaptured him from the rebels, by the end of the month briefly lost control of him and in early March returned him again.

The significance of Sarakib lies in its location at the intersection of two highways, one of which passes through the whole of Syria from north to south, and the second leads to Latakia, where the country’s main seaport and Khmeimim air base are located.

The situation in Idlib, where the Syrian army launched a large-scale offensive at the beginning of this year, escalated in late February.

Turkey, whose observation posts were behind the front line, demanded that Damascus withdraw troops, strengthened support for the militants loyal to it, and after the death of several dozen of its military as a result of the Syrian Air Force air strike, announced the operation of the Spring Shield operation in the region.

The Syrian government and its supporting Russia refused to stop the offensive. It is expected that the situation in Idlib will become a key topic of negotiations between the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which are scheduled for March 5 in Moscow.


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