Russian fighter jets flew over pro-Turkish militants in Idlib as a final warning

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DAMASCUS, (BM) – Pro-Turkish militants, actively violating the agreements between Ankara and Moscow, were dispersed by Russian military aircraft, which unexpectedly appeared in the Jabal al-Zawiya region and actively began to attack the positions of the Syrian military, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Aviapro and AMN news agencies.

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This is one of the first raids of Russian combat aircraft over Idlib after the conclusion of agreements between Putin and Erdogan, and, obviously, this is the last warning from Russia, after which the militants will be dispersed by air strikes.

“Russian warplanes were spotted above the Idlib countryside on Tuesday amid increased tensions between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and militant forces in the governorate. According to reports from the Idlib Governorate, the Russian warplanes were spotted conducting low-altitude flights over the jihadist positions in the Jabal Al-Zawiya region. The Russian flights were conducted shortly after the jihadist rebels fired several artillery shells towards the Syrian Arab Army’s positions along the front-lines in Jabal Al-Zawiya” AMN said in its report.

It should be clarified that according to the reports of the representatives of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, a truce is observed in the north-west of Syria, however, given the conversation between Vladimir Putin and Recep Erdogan, it is likely that there are certain disagreements, especially given the fact that Turkey is still not Fulfilled its obligations to transfer Russian and Syrian military control over the southern part of Idlib.

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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