The Turkish and Russian militaries have completed their third round of joint patrols on the M4 highway near northwestern Syria’s Idlib province and observed that the cease-fire in the area seems to be holding, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said Wednesday, APA reports citing Daily Sabah.
Akar noted that the patrols were taking place as per the cease-fire deal with Russia signed in Moscow on March 5.
“A general atmosphere of peace holds despite several violations of the cease-fire,” Akar told a live broadcast on TRT Haber, adding that they had ensured a de-escalation of violence in the area.
The defense minister continued by saying that the Turkish and Russian militaries would continue to hold joint patrols to ensure the de-escalation remains in place.
“Our essential hope is for the cease-fire to permanently hold,” Akar said.