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Turkey begins heavy weapons withdrawal from Idlib, a source said

DAMASCUS, (BM) – The Turkish military began a phased withdrawal of heavy weapons from observation posts in the Syrian province of Idlib, RIA Novosti reported, citing a Turkish military source, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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According to him, the Turkish side thus fulfills the agreement concluded on March 5 and gradually withdraws heavy weapons from observation posts in Idlib.

On March 5, Moscow hosted negotiations between the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the aggravation in the Syrian province of Idlib.

Following the meeting, the parties adopted a joint document and reaffirmed their commitment to the “Astana format”. The leaders of the two countries announced the introduction of a ceasefire, and also agreed to jointly patrol the M4 highway, which is now under the control of militants.

The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army began on the armament positions of terrorists.

Government forces were able to recapture almost half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and leave behind a number of Turkish observation posts. In this regard, Ankara increased the military contingent in the region and announced the beginning of the operation “Spring Shield”.

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