Russia and Turkey began joint patrols in the Syrian Idlib

the Russian and Turkish military launched a first joint patrols of the highway M-4 in Syrian Idlib, RIA “Novosti”. In the first joint patrol on 15 March from Russia involved a platoon of the military police in armored vehicles. Organizes patrols of the Russian-Turkish coordination centre in the framework of agreements between the leaders of Russia and Turkey on March 5 in Moscow.

the Joint patrol began to move on the highway M-4 from the village Trumba (two kilometers West of Sarakibe). Yesterday was spent engineering investigation of the route patrols.

Joint patrols should not only provide security for the movement of civilians in Syria is important for the road M-4 (Latakia – Aleppo), but also become a guarantee of non-resumption of armed conflict in the region.

In Moscow on March 5, negotiations were held between the presidents of Russia and Turkey Vladimir Putin and Tayyip Erdogan in connection with the aggravation of the situation in the Syrian province of Idlib. Following the meeting adopted a joint document. The parties reaffirmed their commitment “Astana” format and announced the introduction of ceasefire from midnight on Friday, and agreed on joint patrolling of the route M4. It is expected that over time the movement of vehicles of ordinary citizens it will resume.

UN Secretary-General antónio Guterres said that Russian-Turkish agreement should lead to a permanent cease-fire in Syria.

the Reason for Russian-Turkish talks at the highest level was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January began a large-scale offensive the Syrian army on positions of armed opposition forces and terrorists. Syrian government forces retook almost half Iglinskiy areas of de-escalation, and left behind him a number of Turkish observation posts.

Ankara has sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched an operation “Spring shield”, whichto push back Syrian troops. Turkey support militants loyal to her.