Russian and Turkish troops conduct joint drills in Syria’s Idlib
Russian and Turkish servicemen have conducted drills in Syria’s city of Saraqib ahead of joint patrol missions in Idlib, a spokesman for the Turkish army command said on Thursday.
"We need to once again drill all necessary skills. I know that these are all experience people but it is important to ensure maximal coordination," he said.
No patrol missions have been conducted in this area for more than six moths, so, according to the spokesman, these drills are seen as a guarantee of success of joint efforts.
Idlib is the only Syrian region where the ceasefire is violated regularly. Joint Russian-Turkish patrol missions were suspended here six months ago.
During the exercises, Russian and Turkish servicemen drilled the skills of moving in convoys, repelling attacks on convoys and evacuating those wounded, as well as moving along sections with militants’ ambushes. A special signal system has been designed to help bridge the language gap, TASS reported.
Patrol missions as a rule involve Russian BTR-82A armored infantry carriers and Tigr armored cars, and Turkish Kirpi armored vehicles.