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Russian And Turkish Forces Conduct 5th Joint Patrol West Of Saraqib

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Russian And Turkish Forces Conduct 5th Joint Patrol West Of Saraqib

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Russian and Turkish forces conducted a fifth limited joint patrol along the M4 highway, west of the government-controlled town of Saraqib in southern Idlib, the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties in Syria reported on April 21.

According to the report, two BTR-82A armoured personnel carriers and a Tiger armoured vehicle were involved in the joint patrol from the Russian side. The movement of the Russian-Turkish convoy was controlled by unmanned aerial vehicles of the Russian Aerospace Forces.

All the joint Russian-Turkish patrols in southern Idlib took place in a limited area only. The area of the patrols serves a direct demonstration of the fact that the March 5 de-escalation agreement remains not implemented. The security along the M4 highway in southern Idlib has not been created and remains in the hands of radical militants. So, it is not safe for Russian forces to move along the highway there.

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