On March 26, the Turkish Defense Ministry announced that Turkish and Russian forces had conducted a first patrol in the area of Tal Rifat in northern Syria.
“Within the framework of the previous agreement, the Turkish Armed Forces and the Russian Armed Forces carried out the first independent but coordinated patrol in order to achieve ceasefire, provide stability in the Tal Rifat area and prevent attacks on our elements,” the Defense Ministry said in a Twitter post.
Therefore, Russia and Turkey have still not launched really ‘joint’ patrols at the contact line between areas controlled by the so-called ‘opposition’ and the government.
The patrols reportedly covered the following areas: Kafr Lusin and Al-Dana in northern Idlib, Atarib in western Aleppo, and Qammari and Al-Eiss in southwestern Aleppo.
Another important point that these patrols covered mostly calm areas. Most of the ceasefire violations are taking place in northern Hama and southern Idlib.