Turkey Is Already in Breach of the Putin-Erdogan Truce on Syria

In exchange for the ceasefire, Turkey took it upon itself to enable Russian-Turkish patrols along the stretch of the M4 highway in rebel hands by March 15th. That has yet to happen.

On March 15, the Russian Military Police and Turkish forces conducted first joint patrol in southern Idlib. According to agreements reached in Moscow, the patrol was set to be conducted along the part of the M4 highway, where a buffer zone had to be established.

This included the withdrawal of heavy weapons and radical armed groups (al-Qaeda & friends) from the area. However, this did not happen. Furthermore, the countryside of Jisr al-Shughur remains the stronghold of the al-Qaeda-linked Turkistan Islamic Party.

So, Ankara and Moscow decided to conduct a limited patrol west of Saraqib to avoid an expected escalation and attacks on the patrol. Even this effort did not go without difficulties.

Turkish forces failed to reopen the M4 highway (blocked by militant supporters) and the patrol took place only in a few km west of the government-controlled town of Sraqib (on the crossroad of the M5 and M4 highways.

In an official statement on the situation, the Russian Defense Ministry said that the patrol was limited because of provocations prepared by radical armed groups that Turkey does not control. The statement says that terrorists planned to use civilians, including women and children, to stage the provocation. Therefore, in order to avoid possible civilian casualties, the length of the patrol was reduced.

Surprisingly, the Turkish Defense Ministry admitted that there were some measures taken to prevent possible provocations. However, it forgot to note what kind of difficulties the sides experienced.

The March 15 patrol is an attempt to demonstrate the new de-escalation agreement in Moscow is working. Nonetheless, while the ceasefire was really establsihed in the area, terrorists remained on their positions inside the agreed buffer zone. If the situation does not change, this will set ground for a new round of escalation in the region.

  1. Wegan says

    Guaranteed not to respect their end of the bargain.They are just stalling to increase their troops and fortify their defenses.
    Don’t trust them, they have a Neo-ottoman agenda.

  2. IM DeRose says

    Sounds like the Syrians don’t want Russian jew puppet Putin in their country any more than they want jewmurikan jew puppet Trump in their country. It is after all just a big staged show between NWO West represented by the jUSA on one side and NWO East represented by Russia on the other with the Arabs caught in the middle. Don’t worry tho, Big Daddy Nutsoyahoo will get it all sorted out, recon he’ll bang Putin’s and Trump’s heads together if there ain’t some Arab carnage, and lot’s of it, soon.

    1. Séamus Ó Néill says

      It’s certainly not your lack of ability to analyse a situation that’s annoying but your apparent hatred of everyone and everything….you must have some fun when you look in the mirror each morning !

    2. JustPassingThrough says


  3. stevek9 says

    Give it some time.

  4. 14th Troll says

    In today’s World if you want to disperse a crowd of protesters just Jam the Cellphone Signal and the people will not be able to spread their propaganda by means of social media and they will throw up their hands and go back home!

  5. JustPassingThrough says

    in breach?
    come on.
    this is not the movies.
    things are not scripted.
    a little patience, armchair expert.

  6. cechas vodobenikov says

    of course–it is not possible to separate one sect of muslim extremists from another. regardless of name, all r amerikan created and funded….coke and Pepsi…billions of dollars r spent to convince amerikans they r different…. they advertise themselves as such….the coca-colonization efforts by the US r failing
    amerikans believe freedom is the choice between coke and Pepsi—these freedom hating shallow automatons use turkey and SA to spread their poison from Syria to Argentina

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