Russia has strengthened its military presence in Syria
MOSCOW, (BM) – Russia has strengthened its military presence in Syria, Reuters reports with reference to the results of monitoring of navigation in the Bosphorus, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to the agency, Russia began to increase sea and air supplies to Syria on February 28, the day after the Syrian army attacked a column of Turkish soldiers in Idlib province.
“This incident caused concern in Moscow that Turkey might close the Bosphorus to Russian warships and prevent Russian military transport aircraft from using Turkish airspace,” Reuters writes.
This is an attack on a Turkish convoy in the Jebel al-Zawiya region, which was reported on February 27. The shelling killed more than 30 Turkish soldiers. The next day, Turkish journalist Hakan Celik said that Ankara could limit or completely block the Bosphorus Strait for Russian Navy ships amid escalating conflict in the Syrian province of Idlib.
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 its loyal militants and, after the death of several dozen of its military as a result of Syrian air strikes, announced the launch 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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