Fourth Russian-Turkish patrol takes place in Syrian Idlib

DAMASCUS, (BM) – Another joint Russian-Turkish patrol of the M-4 highway section in the Syrian Idlib de-escalation zone took place on Wednesday, learned citing MK Turkey.

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“Two BTR-80s and an armored car“ Tiger ”were involved in joint patrols from the Russian side,” the TASS Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties quotes.

The movement of the column from the air was controlled by unmanned aerial vehicles of the Russian Aerospace Forces. The interaction between the parties was carried out through the Joint Coordination Center.

Recall that previous patrols took place on March 15 and 23, as well as on April 8. The M-4 highway is the most important transport artery in Syria, it connects the economic capital of Aleppo with the main port city of the Republic of Latakia.

Joint patrolling and the formation of a security zone in a 12-kilometer zone around the highway, according to the Russian military, will ensure in the future safe passage for civilians and accelerate the restoration of Aleppo, which was badly damaged by militants.


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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