Russia sent at least two Su-24 strategic front-line bombers to Syria
DAMASCUS, (BM) – Non-compliance by the terrorists with the ceasefire, refusal to withdraw arms and non-compliance by the Turkish side with the agreements of March 5, 2020, forced Russia to resume sending its Su-24 front-line bombers to Syria, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing news agency Aviapro.
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According to russian sources, over the past 24 hours Russia sent at least two bombers to the Khmeimim airbase.
“Today, a couple of Su-24 bombers arrived at the Khmeimim airbase in the framework of the planned rotation, quietly, without noise and dust. Went without a leader this time, a standard route through Iran with a planned refueling from two Il-78 tankers over the waters of the Caspian,” sources said.
Earlier, Russia delivered an ultimatum to the terrorists that by early April the M4 highway in Idlib should be open to Russian military patrols, and therefore, obviously, the transfer of bombers is a signal that Russia does not intend to tolerate the behavior of militants and Turkey.
On March 5, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, entered into an agreement according to which a ceasefire regime entered into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would be able to use force.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish summit talks was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind a number of Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Turkey is also supported by militants loyal to it.
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