“Practically round-the-clock from the territory of the Republic of Turkey the convoys of large trucks are going across the border with supplies and weapons, which are moving exclusively to the areas, which are controlled by the terrorist groups Jabhat al-Nusra and Ahrar Ash-Sham,” chief of the Russian Center for reconciliation between the warring parties in Syria Lt. Gen. Sergei Kuralenko told reporters on Friday.
Turkey has been among the main supporters of the militant groups operating in Syria, with reports saying that Ankara actively trains and arms the Takfiri terrorists there and facilitates their safe passage into the crisis-hit Arab state.
Ankara has also been accused on numerous occasions of being involved in illegal oil trade with Daesh. Russia has released pictures and videos purportedly showing the movement of oil tankers from Daesh-held areas in Syria toward Turkey.
Kuralenko also said terrorist groups have violated the ceasefire agreement in Syria 41 times over the past two days.
“Seven violations each were committed in the Idlib and Damascus governorates, four each in the Homs and Dara’a governorates, three in the Latakia governorate, two in Quneitra governorate, and one in the Hama governorate,” Kuralenko said.
A ceasefire agreement in Syria, brokered by Russia and the United States, entered into force on February 27. The Syrian government accepted the terms of the truce on condition that military efforts against Daesh and the al-Nusra Front Takfiri militants, who are excluded from the ceasefire, continue.
Speaking during a briefing in the Swiss city of Geneva on Thursday, the UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura gave an upbeat assessment of truce in the war-stricken country, saying the ceasefire agreement has been holding across the country despite minor breaches.
Syria has been grappling with a deadly insurgency it blames on some foreign states for nearly five years with Estimates show that more than 250,000 people have been killed and millions have been displaced in the Arab country.