Russia accuses Turkey of providing weapons to militants in Idlib: report

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Turkish forces are seen in a convoy on a main highway between Damascus and Aleppo, near the town of Saraqib in Syria's northern Idlib province, on August 29, 2018. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a press conference today that there is "full political understanding" between Russia and Turkey, who support opposing sides of the Syrian civil war but are currently in intense negotiations to ensure Idlib does not become a breaking point in their alliance. / AFP PHOTO / OMAR HAJ KADOUR

Russia’s defense ministry accused Turkey on Thursday of providing artillery support to militants fighting Syrian government forces and said militants briefly broke through government defenses in Idlib, Russian news agencies reported, according to Reuters.

Russia’s air force carried out strikes on the pro-Turkish militants who burst through Syrian government positions in two areas of Idlib province, allowing the Syrian army to repel the attacks, the ministry was cited as saying.

The Russian ministry’s comments were reported by the RIA, Interfax and TASS news agencies.

Meanwhile, Turkey’s defense ministry announced on Thursday that two Turkish soldiers were killed in clashes with Syrian government forces, according to AFP.

The ministry said Syrian targets were attacked in retaliation.

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