Hundreds of Russian T-90 tanks are deployed to help al-Assad and Iran in Syria
DAMASCUS, (BM) – Russia, Syria and Iran have deployed hundreds of tanks in Syria and are likely preparing to launch large-scale military operations in the country, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing news agency Aviapro.
As it turned out, we are talking not only about the armament of the Russian military, but also about the transfer of heavy armored vehicles to Iranian troops who intend to take part in the offensive operation, as evidenced photos published in chinese media Sohu.
“According to a recent report by Al-Jazeera in the Middle East, given the stability in Syria, Russian defense delivered a large number of tanks, armored combat vehicles, etc. to the Iranian army and groups in Syria. This includes the Iranian armed forces in Deir Ezor province. Western observers said that this is state aid to Russia by the Iranian armed forces in Syria. At the same time, this is a big deal, and they are the most elite T-90 main battle tanks in the Russian army. A person familiar with this issue said that at that time Russia provided Iran with a large amount of basic military equipment, and she intended to join forces with Iran in Syria to completely expel the US military and its allies from Syria. At the same time, the Syrian media also published several photographs of the T-90 tank, equipped with an Iranian brigade. Even Syria has publicly contacted the armed forces of Iran and Iraq to conduct military patrols in the eastern region to jointly expel the anti-government armed forces here,” Sohu reports, citing Middle Eastern media.
As BulgarianMilitary.com reported on April 12 the Russian ship Saratov crossed the Bosphorus with 150 heavy tanks and armored personnel carriers, as well as other weapons and ammunition.
“The Russian Federation has dispatched another large batch of tanks and 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” Al-Masdar News said then.
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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