Turkish forces skip joint patrol with Russia in north Syria – Russian state news

Russian military police patrolled areas of northern Syria bordering Turkey alone after their Turkish counterparts failed to show up for a joint patrol, Russia’s state news agency Tass reported on Thursday.

The Turkish and Russians presidents reached a deal last October to end an eight-day cross-border Turkish offensive against Kurdish-led groups, stating that joint patrols would be conducted in areas not captured in the offensive to ensure Turkey’s border security.

But the killing on Monday of eight Turkish personnel by the Russian-backed Syrian government’s forces in Idlib, northwestern Syria, has raised tensions between Ankara and Moscow.

"As the Turkish side failed to arrive for a joint patrol, units of the Russian military police unilaterally conducted patrolling in Al-Hasakah Governorate," Tass quoted Major General Yuri Borenkov, chief of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties in Syria, as saying on Thursday.

The general said the patrol was carried out according to plan and without incidents, and said helicopters had conducted aerial patrols over two routes.

The Turkish troops also skipped the joint patrol on Tuesday, Tass said.