Russian MoD: “We contacted Ankara. Turkey has stopped shelling the SAA”
"Sky’s Syrian cameraman @ahmedrahhal2020 witnessed Russian air strike on Turkish position at Qmenas #idlib Missile landed 2-3 metres away from him starting a fire. Then they dropped a cluster bomb. He’s in hospital getting treatment and out of danger #Syria"
Russian Air Force strikes repel militant attack on Syrian government army in Idlib
– Defense Ministry
So not that Russia was not going to strike at Turkey army positions?
Putin is weak .. but the Russian army is not.. so don't mix both... For sure the russian army
understand well putin indecisiveness and use that for their advantage.. because same way he will not
give an order to strike turkey army.. same way he will not betray his own military ,when they do their job
to defend the syrian army.. So the Russian general staff policy is to use force.. when there is no other option..
What is interesting in all this ,is that after this incident..is that is more clear now what are the rules of engagement..of both sides..
Erdogan ,strategy ,was to help the offensive of their terrorist , on SAA by using turkey military outpost..
to strike at Syrian army positions to help their backed terrorist to capture SAA territory .
but that tactic had a major failure.. doing that without having control of the airspace and securing properly
their troops.. is a very dumb move..
Russian military rule of combats.. are this way..
they did not strike at the turkey outpost.. but.. did bombed to hell their advancing rebels.. and
Russia says it called turkey military ,to stop attacking syrian troops ,because they will respond if don't
stop.. and they stopped..
Russia airforce could have easily either bombed that artillery positions ,or just disable it ,with emp attack ,
or guide syrian army artillery using their airforce... or simply guide Syrian airforce where to launch their provided guided air to ground missiles..
So like i told before Russia have plenty of options ,to twist the arms of turkey army.. Erdogan options
are way more limited.. and they will never have a chance to provide close air ground support.. to their troops.
So turkey new operations can slow for sure the SAA but not enough to make a difference or stop their advance.
Erdogan claims their soldiers were strike.. so i suppose were turkey special forces guiding the assault on SAA.
because there are no reports of any outpost destroyed.. which the Syrian army could have easily done.
why Turkey stop shelling with artillery at SAA positions ? likely because Russia military show a video to turkey of the cameras of their airforce aiming at turkey artillery positions , and warned them ,that if they don't stop shelling SAA positions ,with journalist and russian advisors there ,they will respond to the artillery attacking their positions. and so Turkey army was forced to stop the shelling.
if they don't stop ,will have been those artillery positions a sitting duck ,very easy to neutralize for Russia or SAA with a small mortar attack to disable the artillery or a big missile to completely destroy the base..