Turkish military convoys were seen parked near the town of Batabu on the highway linking Idlib, Syria to a northern border crossing, Monday, March 2.
READ MORE: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday he hopes to reach a cease-fire deal for Syria’s Idlib province during talks this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The two leaders are due to meet Thursday in Moscow.
Turkey and Russia back competing sides in the Syrian conflict, which has increasingly turned violent in Idlib and sent one million people fleeing the area.
Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Monday that Russia and Turkey are keeping lines of communication open as they focus on negotiations.