Russia and Turkey face each other on opposing sides over several fronts across Eurasia, from Libya to Syria, and now Azerbaijan, too. Experts say Moscow is hitting Syria's Idlib to gain leverage against Ankara.
Turkish troops set to reinforce positions below the M4 highway.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has rebuked his Swedish counterpart who reiterated the EU's position urging Turkey to withdraw from Syria.
Following UAE's normalisation with Israel, the gulf state - in collusion with Egypt - are openly supporting the oppressive Syrian regime, banding against Turkey in northern Syria.
After the relative calm in Idlib, the lack of a political settlement could mean more fighting is on the way. This is what it might look like.
One group staged an attack near a Turkish observation post but no damage to was reported, Turkey's Defence Ministry said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin made his first trip to Damascus in Syria's nine-year-old war in January this year.
Several troops were reported injured by the Russian defence ministry after a joint military patrol was hit by an improvised explosive device near Ariha town of Idlib.
Russian FM says Putin, Erdogan and Rouhani to hold videoconference on Syria, followed by a face-to-face meeting in Tehran.
Experts say Syria's economic woes could weaken Bashar al Assad's military stranglehold over the country.
Abdulrazak Dip, who had lost his eyesight due to shelling in Idlib, Syria, pleaded with Turkish authorities to allow him travel to Turkey and over the border that has been closed due to the coronavirus.
Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad removed his prime minister of four years, as the country grapples with a stinging economic crisis and renewed protests. He is replaced by Water Resources Minister Hussein Arnous for an interim period.
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