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

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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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