Russia, Turkey hold fourth joint military patrol in Syria

Russian and Turkish troops held a fourth joint patrol in Syria’s Idlib province on Wednesday, Reuters said, citing a Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

Russia and Turkey were forced to cut short their first and second joint patrols in the region in March citing security concerns after hundreds of people blocked the strategic M4 east-west highway.

The joint patrols are part of the ceasefire agreement made on March 5 by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to end fighting in Idlib between Turkish-backed rebel forces and the Syrian military, which is backed by Russia. 

The deal aims to establish a security corridor stretching around 6 km (4 miles) north and south of the M4 highway that connects the towns of Latakia and Saraqeb.