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Russian military blocked an American patrol in Syria

DAMASCUS, (BM) – A short video appeared on Twitter of how the Russian military once again blocked the movement of an American military convoy in Syria, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Voennoe Delo.

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Media reported that the incident occurred in the Tel Tamra area. According to a number of sources, the American convoy tried to pass into the central part of the Arab Republic. At the same time, the command of the US troops did not notify the Russian side of the purpose of their trip and did not agree on the route.

According to the journalists of the Lenta.ru publication, it was precisely the inconsistency of movement that the “protocol on deconfliction requires” that caused the American convoy to be blocked.

It is reported that in the end the American convoy had to turn back. It is noteworthy that in some Western and Russian media information has already appeared that everything happened quite the opposite. Allegedly not the Russian military, namely the US troops blocked the path of the Russian patrol.

Recall that such incidents in Syria happen quite often. At the moment, no official comments have been received from either side.

Earlier it was reported that Russia and Syria held joint military exercises in the port of Tartus.

Background

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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