BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – The Russian and Syrian air forces have not conducted a single airstrike over northwestern Syria since 12:00 A.M. (local time) last night, a military source told Al-Masdar.
According to the source, the absence of Syrian and Russian jets is likely due to the resumption of ceasefire talks between Moscow and Ankara.
Over the last two weeks, both the Russian and Turkish armed forces have found little common ground on the situation in northwestern Syria, as Ankara wants all military activity halted and the withdrawal of the Syrian troops from the recently captured areas.
Russia, on the hand, wants Turkey to separate their allied rebel groups from the jihadist forces in the Idlib Governorate. Turkey’s reluctance to do so has prompted Russia to continue their strikes against groups like Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and the Turkestan Islamic Party.