This is the first patrol between the two forces in the region in the new year (2023) since the signing of the Russian-Turkish ceasefire agreement in northeast Syria.
In October 2019, following Turkish military operation “Peace Spring” in areas of northeast Syria which resulted in the occupation of Tel Abyad, north of Raqqa, and Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain) north of Hasaka, the Turkish president signed two ceasefire agreements, one with Russia and the other with the US.
The ceasefire agreements stipulating halt of all hostilities there and the withdrawal of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) 30 kilometers in depth away from the Turkish border in addition to conducting joint patrols with Russia in order to monitor the implementation of the agreements, North Press News Agency reported.
The patrol, which consisted of eight Russian and Turkish military vehicles accompanied by two Russian helicopters, set off from the village of Ashma, 20 km west of Kobani.
The patrol passed the villages of Charqli Fouqani, Qeran, Dikmadash, Khorkhoy, Boban, Gul Bey reaching to Tel Shair, four kilometers west of Kobani.
The patrol then passed the villages of Susan, Qola, Qaraqoy Tahtani, Binder, Mishko, Jebnah, Charqli Fouqani reaching the starting point in Ashma village.
The Turkish military vehicles returned to Turkey through the gate near Ashma, while the Russian military vehicles returned to their position near the town of Sirrin south of Kobani.
On January 9, the Russian and Turkish forces conducted the 122nd joint patrol in the eastern countryside of Kobani.
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