Turkey minimized troops movement in Syria due to coronavirus pandemic

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DAMASCUS, (BM) – The Turkish Ministry of Defense said Sunday that as part of efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus, it is planned to minimize the movement of Turkish troops in Syria, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Eurasia Daily.

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“A resolution has been prepared according to which our troops will be able to enter and leave the areas of operations in Syria only with the permission of the army commander, so the movement of the headquarters and troops is minimized, unless it is absolutely necessary,” a spokesman for the ministry said.

According to him, doctors were sent to Syria to conduct exercises in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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