Turkey, Russia hold sixth joint patrol in Idlib

Turkey, Russia hold sixth joint patrol in Idlib

Turkey, Russia hold sixth joint patrol in Idlib

Turkish and Russian forces carried out their sixth joint patrol along a key highway in northwestern Syria on April 28.

“Within the framework of TUR-RF Agreement/Protocol, the 6th TUR-RF Combined Land Patrol on M-4 Highway in Idlib was conducted with the participation of land and air elements,” Turkey’s Defense Ministry said in a tweet.

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu also had a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.

The M4 highway, also known as the Aleppo-Al Hasakah road, is about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Turkey’s southern border.

On March 5, Ankara and Moscow agreed on a protocol urging parties to “cease all military actions along the line of contact in the Idlib de-escalation area” starting on March 6.

Joint Turkish-Russian patrols agreed in the deal also began on March 15 along the M4 highway from the settlement of Trumba — two kilometers (1.2 miles) to the west of Saraqib — to the settlement of Ain al-Havr.

Idlib has long been under siege by Assad regime forces and its allies, and previous cease-fires for the region were repeatedly violated.