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18.08.2020 (17:08)

The 22nd joint Russian-Turkish patrol of a section of the M-4 highway took place in the Idlib de-escalation zone in Syria

On August 17, in accordance with the agreements reached between the presidents of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey on March 5, 2020 in Moscow, the second stage of the 22nd joint Russian-Turkish patrol of the section of the M-4 highway in the Idlib de-escalation zone linking the cities of Aleppo and Latakia took place.

The joint Russian-Turkish patrol along the M-4 highway, according to the additional protocol to the Memorandum on stabilization of the situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone of September 17, 2018, signed on March 5, 2020 by the Defence Ministers of the Russian Federation and Turkey following talks between the leaders of the two countries, took place for the third time along the entire route from the settlement of Ain al-Habr to the settlement of Trumba, two kilometers west of Saraqib, Idlib province. The length of the joint patrol route was more than 70 kilometers.

On the route of the patrol, an unidentified munition was detonated near the Turkish escort vehicle. There were no casualties among the Russian military personnel.

Three BTR-82A armored personnel carriers were involved in the joint patrol from the Russian side.

The movement of the joint Russian-Turkish convoy from the air was controlled by unmanned aerial vehicles of the Russian Aerospace Forces.

Organization of interaction between the parties was carried out through the Joint Coordination Centre.

The first stage of the 22nd joint Russian-Turkish patrol of the section of the M-4 highway in the Idlib de-escalation zone took place on August 12, 2020 from the village of Trumba to the village of Ain al-Habr.

The first joint Russian-Turkish patrol of a section of the M-4 highway in the Idlib de-escalation zone took place on March 15, 2020. The length of the joint patrol route was reduced due to provocations planned by radical groups outside Turkey's control. To carry out provocations, the terrorists tried to use civilians, including women and children, as human shields.

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