Turkey and Russia are preparing for a large-scale war in Syria
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MOSCOW, (BM) – A few hours ago it became known that Turkey began to mobilize its heavy weapons into Syria. We are talking about self-propelled artillery mounts M110, which, having a caliber of more than 200 mm. and can inflict tremendous damage.
Given the active support of the Syrian army from Russia, experts do not exclude that Turkish artillery may well begin to strike at the positions of Russian troops, especially against the backdrop of an active confrontation in Libya.
Currently, the reasons for mobilizing the heavy Turkish weapons to Syria remain unknown. Some experts pay attention to recently appeared information that the Syrian army, together with the Russian military, is preparing to launch a new large-scale military operation against militants and terrorists in Idlib province.
It should be noted that Turkey is trying to actively confront the Syrian military in the region, and Ankara is perhaps only restrained by this agreement with Russia.
However, given the fact that Turkey has not yet fulfilled its obligations reached 3 months ago, and the militants continue terrorize the local population, there is a possibility that Russia will break current agreements with Ankara and begin, together with the Syrian military, a new offensive operation in the region.
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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