The second joint patrol of the M4 highway in Syria was conducted by the Russian and Turkish military. The road connects the cities of Aleppo and Latakia. This was reported on Monday, March 23, in the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria (CPRS).
The patrol took place in accordance with the Russian-Turkish agreement. However, “in order to ensure security, the length of the joint patrol route was shortened”.
“In turn, the Turkish side has pledged to take measures in the near future to neutralize radical extremist groups, impeding the movement of convoys of joint patrols of the M4 route in the security corridor,” said the CECPS.
On 15 March, the Russian Defense Ministry reported that the route of the first joint Russian-Turkish patrol of the M-4 highway section in Idlib was reduced due to provocations planned by radical gangs outside Turkey’s control.
The M-4 highway connects Latakia and Aleppo. The joint patrols are designed to ensure the safety of civilian movement and to ensure that the situation in the region does not escalate.
Agreement on the operation was reached following negotiations between Russian and Turkish Presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan on 5 March. Then the meeting lasted more than six hours in Moscow. The purpose of the talks was to agree on measures to resolve the conflict in Syria.