Breaking: Turkey, Russia conduct first joint patrols in northern Syria

Turkish and Russian Forces have conducted the first independent coordinated patrols in northern Syria’s Tell Rifaat area, Turkey’s defense ministry said on Tuesday.

“In order to uphold a cease-fire in Tel Rifat region, to ensure stability and to prevent attacks on our forces, the Turkish Armed Forces and the Russian Armed Forces carried out the first independent coordinated patrols in the framework of the previously negotiated agreement,” a statement by the Ministry of Defense said.

The route of the patrol includes six points: Kafr Lusin and Al-Dana, districts north of Idlib; Atarib town west of Aleppo city; and Qammari, Qanater and Al-Eiss towns southwest of Aleppo city. Within the framework of the Astana agreement, Turkey currently holds 12 cease-fire observatory points in Idlib’s de-escalation zone while Russia has 10 points.

The Russian Defense Ministry has neither confirmed nor denied the report.