DARBASIYAH, Syria – On Monday, another Russian force was stood-up by their Turkish counterparts. As a part of the ceasefire agreement brokered by Russia to halt the Turkish invasion of North Syria, Turkish and Russian forces are supposed to engage in joint patrols through the areas of occupation and the territory of the Democratic Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (DAA).
After arriving in Darbasiyah, the Russian force waited several hours for their Turkish patrol partners. The Turkish force never showed, the Russian’s were forced to cancel the patrol.
This is the second time Turkish forces failed to show up to a joint patrol with Russian forces.
The non-participation of Turkish forces in the joint patrols is likely a result of the killing of Turkish soldiers during the Syrian Arab Army offensive in Idlib, which is being supported by Russian forces.