Russia urgently deployed 150 tanks and armored personnel carriers to Syria
DAMASCUS, (BM) – Despite the fragile truce in Syria, Russia has intensified the transfer of armored vehicles and weapons to this country, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according several local sources and news agenies Aviapro and AMN.
Thus, according to Syrian and Turkish sources, the Bosphorus, a few days ago, the Russian large landing ship Saratov, carries about 150 heavy tanks and armored personnel carriers, as well as, obviously, other weapons and ammunition.
“The Russian Federation has dispatched another large batch of tanks and armored personnel carriers (armored personnel carriers) to the Syrian Arab Republic as they increase their support for the Syrian armed forces. According to maritime observer Yoruk Isik, the Russian Federation sent the Black Sea Fleet’s landing ship Saratov this week to the Syrian port city of Tartus, despite the coronavirus pandemic that affected most of the world. In the photographs published by Isik, one can see a Russian ship passing through the Bosphorus Strait, connecting the Black and Mediterranean Seas, while it was heading to Tartus. As indicated in the message above, the ship had 150 tanks and armored personnel carriers intended for the port of Tartus; they are likely to be delivered to the Syrian armed forces,” Al-Masdar News reports.
Experts note that such a large number of armored vehicles on board the Russian landing ship can only indicate the beginning of a large-scale military operation, especially against the backdrop of serious violations of the agreements, both by the Turkish side and by the terrorists.
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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