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Radical groups and gangs provoke Russian-Turkish patrolling in Syria

MOSCOW, (BM) – The first joint Russian-Turkish patrol of the M-4 highway section in Syria was reduced due to militant provocations, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according the Russian Defense Ministry statement.

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“The length of the joint patrol route was reduced due to provocations planned by radical gangs not controlled by Turkey. To implement the provocations, the terrorists tried to use civilians, including women and children, as a human shield,” the Russian MoD said.

“In order to prevent incidents that could have caused civilians to suffer, the joint Russian-Turkish coordinating center decided to reduce the length of the first joint patrol route,” the Russian MoD informs.

According to him, “the Turkish side has been given extra time to take measures to neutralize terrorist groups and ensure the security of joint patrolling of the M4 highway.”

Earlier it was reported that patrolling was planned to be carried out as part of the agreements between the leaders of Russia and Turkey, reached on March 5 in Moscow. The first joint patrol on March 15 from Russia involved a platoon of military police in armored vehicles. Organization of patrolling is carried out by the joint Russian-Turkish coordination center.

The patrol began moving along the M-4 highway from the village of Trumba (2 km west of Sarakib).

Joint patrolling should not only ensure the safe movement of civilians along the M-4 highway (Latakia-Aleppo), which is important for Syria, but also become a guarantee of preventing the resumption of armed conflict in the region.

Presidents of the Russian Federation and Turkey Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the talks held on March 5 in Moscow agreed on the introduction of a ceasefire and a number of other measures aimed at resolving the situation in Idlib.

The agreements reached by them stipulate that hostilities in this region will cease along the entire line of contact with the entry into force of the ceasefire on March 6. Moscow and Ankara reaffirmed their commitment to preserving the sovereignty of Syria and agreed to continue the fight against terrorism.

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