DAMASCUS, (BM) – A ceasefire in the Syrian province of Idlib was violated by opposition groups associated with Turkey on March 27, a source told BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to the source, the militants of the Syrian opposition groups associated with Turkey fired at the positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the area of the village of Kansabba in the north of Latakia province. No victims of shelling were reported.
In addition, according to the source, the ceasefire is violated in another part of the de-escalation zone. In the western provinces of Aleppo, terrorists also fired at SAA positions, with shelling from heavy artillery.
Recall that on March 8 pro-Turkish forces in the Idlib de-escalation zone violated the ceasefire regime 19 times. This information was reported by Rear Admiral Oleg Zhuravlev, head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria.
According to earlier reports, Russia has gave an ultimatum to Turkey on the situation in Idlib. In particular, Ankara was required to immediately provide passage along the M4 highway for joint Russian-Turkish patrols.
“The Turkish side has been given extra time to take measures to neutralize the terrorist groups and ensure the security of joint patrolling of the M4 highway,” the Russian Ministry of Defence statement said on March 16.
However, Turkey did not even take any measures, including the current situation when the Russian military patrol was again blocked by militants and terrorists.
The Russian ultimatum given to Turkey expires next Wednesday [April 1] and Moscow, together with Syria, is ready to resume military operations against pro-Turkish terrorists in Idlib and Aleppo, despite the agreements previously concluded between Moscow and Ankara.
On March 5, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, entered into an agreement according to which a ceasefire regime entered 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 summit talks 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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