Turkey, Russia go for first joint patrol in Idlib

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Russian military claimed "provocations" by Turkey-backed militants during the patrol; the Turkish side did not mention any such cases
08:47, 16 March 2020


Russian and Turkish military servicemen conducted the first joint patrol in Syria's Idlib province. This was part of the agreement reached by the countries' leaders in Moscow on March 5, DW reported.  

Patroling was conducted by the joint coordination centre. The joint patrol moved along the M4 highway, not far from Trumba settlement. 

The Russian side reported that Turkey-supported militia comitted a number of provocations, using civilians - specifically, women and children - as "human shield". However, the Turkish Defense Ministry mentioned no provocations in their reports.

The joint patrolling is supposed to secure the movement of civilians along M4, the highway of strategic importance between Latakia and Aleppo, and become a guarantee that there will be no more military action in the area.

Related: Escalation in Idlib: Turkey and Russia approached crucial milestone in Syria

Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Russia about the possibility of continuing operations in Idlib. "Ankara accepts any solution that will ensure the security of the population of Syrian Idlib and the borders of Turkey. Turkey reserves the right, with its own resources, to achieve the objectives of the Spring Shield operation if Moscow does not fulfill its obligations under Syria,” Erdogan said.

Related: It could be war: Turkey and Russia are playing a dangerous game in Syria

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