Russia prepares for a large-scale attack in Syria’s Idlib, sources said
DAMASCUS, (BM) – According to Syrian sources, in recent days the number of flights of Russian intelligence aircraft over Idlib has increased significantly, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing news agency Aviapro.
The positions of the militants are constantly monitored by the Russian military, which, obviously, may indicate the readiness of a large-scale attack against terrorists, who continue to ignore the agreements between Ankara and Moscow.
It should be clarified that since the conclusion of agreements between Russia and Turkey on the creation of a de-escalation zone in Idlib, Russian military aviation has never once attacked militant positions.
However, terrorists continue to obstruct patrols of previously designated areas, periodically attacking positions Syrian army and continue to strengthen their positions in Idlib, including through material supplies from Turkey.
Given the increasing number of reconnaissance flights, experts believe that Russia is preparing a large-scale military operation, which is likely to make it possible to gain control over the entire territory located along the M4 highway, which will make it possible to oust terrorists from Syria to Turkish territory.
In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, dozens of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concluded an agreement according to which a ceasefire came 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 negotiations 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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