Shoigu in Syria, met with Assad: Ankara is preparing an anti-terrorist operation in Idlib

arrived In Syria Sergei Shoigu. By order of the President of Russia, the defense Minister met in Damascus with the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. The sides discussed joint fight against terrorism and humanitarian aid to Syria. On 23 March the Russian and the Turkish military conducted a joint patrol in Idlib.

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the Militants of radical groups once again did everything possible to disrupt the patrol.

Despite the threats of the leaders of the terrorist groups in the Syrian province of Idlib, a second joint Russian-Turkish patrols took place.

the patrol Passed again on the reduced scheme for the reason that the Turkish side is not yet able to ensure full security throughout the route. Russian negotiators made concessions to the Turkish side, agreeing to a gradual increase in patrol routes. But now the Turkish military are required in the near future to conduct anti-terrorist operation in Idlib province on its own. The purpose of the operation is to provide security on the route Lattakia – Aleppo, that is to force the terrorist group to move away from the road.

the Patrol passed without incident. Here nobody knew that the plane of the head of the Russian defense Minister landed at the international airport of Damascus. The safety of the aircraft by the delegation of the Ministry of defense of Russia in Syrian airspace provided the Russian su-35S.

Sergei Shoigu arrived in the Syrian capital on behalf of the President of Russia. The motorcade of the Minister was accompanied by army aviation. In Damascus, General of the army took the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. During the talks the sides discussed issues related to sustainable cease hostilities in Iglinsky area of de-escalation, stabilization of the situation in other parts of Syria, as well as various aspects of military-technical cooperation in the joint fight against international terrorist groups. This is a quote from the message, which was published by the Russian defense Ministry.

Judging by the composition of the delegation of the Ministry of defense of Russia, and together with Shoigu arrived the chief of head Department of staff of the Armed forces, Admiral Igor Kostyukov, the meeting was attended by the commander of the Russian group in Syria Alexander chaiko, other generals and officers. Behind dry lines of the official statements is an extremely important security issues.

Idlib for many years — the enclave of international terrorist groups. And still it is a threat to the world, not just the middle East region.