Russian President Vladimir Putin says the Syrian government and its opponents have signed an agreement on a nationwide cease-fire and a declaration expressing the willingness to begin peace talks. Putin said on December 29 that a document outlining measures to implement the cease-fire was also signed.
cartoon by Mehdi Azizi, Iranian daily Shargh
Meanwhile, the Syrian Army announced a nationwide halt to fighting would take
effect at midnight local time on December 29.
Speaking at a meeting with his foreign and defense ministers, Putin said "all the agreements that have been reached are very fragile and require special attention and patience, a professional approach toward these issues, and constant contact with our partners."
Putin spoke a day after Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey and Russia had prepared a cease-fire agreement and a document outlining a political solution to the conflict.
Russian Defense Ministeer Sergei Shoigu said that Russia and Turkey would be
"guarantors" of the cease-fire in Syria.
Gift for Syria
(cartoon by Javad Takjou, Iranian daily Ghanoon)
Russia and Turkey have backed opposing sides in the war, which has killed more than 250,000 people in Syria since 2011, with Moscow supporting Assad and Turkey supporting rebels seeking his ouster.
Based on reporting by Interfax, TASS, Reuters, and AFP
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