11 Nov 2019 14:23

Fourth Russian-Turkish patrol begins in new area of Syrian-Turkish border

MOSCOW. Nov 11 (Interfax) - Russian and Turkish servicemen are patrolling a new area of the Syrian-Turkish border on a route of about 80 kilometers in length, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

"The fourth joint patrol of the Russian military police and the Turkish border service began in a new border area, 70 kilometers west of Qamishli, at 12:10 p.m. on November 11, 2019," the statement said.

"The joint patrol will follow a new route, which begins at the Sheirek checkpoint and at first goes west, then turns east along the Syrian-Turkish border. The total length of the patrol route is about 80 kilometers," it said.

The servicemen are traveling in Tigr armored vehicles and BTR-80 armored personnel carriers of the Russian military police and Kirpi armored vehicles of the Turkish border service.

The patrol comprises eight military vehicles and about 50 servicemen of both countries.

An Orlan-10 drone of the Russian military police is providing real-time monitoring of the patrolling mission.

The Turkish and Russian sides accomplished their third joint patrolling mission on an 88-kilometer route last Friday.