Syrian regime, rebels sign truce deal, says Putin
Putin said the cease-fire deal, guaranteed by Russia and Turkey's governments, will begin on midnight on the night of December 29-30.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday announced that the Syrian regime and rebels have signed a truce deal in an effort to bring an end to a years-long civil war.
Putin said the cease-fire deal, guaranteed by Russia and Turkey's governments, would take effect at midnight on the night of December 29-30.
#BREAKING Putin says Syrian regime, rebels have signed truce deal: agencies
— AFP news agency (@AFP) December 29, 2016
"The National Coalition expresses support for the agreement and urges all parties to abide by it," an opposition spokesman was quoted by Independent as saying.
Turkey and Russia have been on opposing sides in the Syrian civil war, with Ankara seeking the removal of Russia-backed President Bashar al-Assad.
Stating that Russia had agreed to reduce its military deployment in Syria, the president said the deal will be followed by peace talks between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the seven major armed opposition groups, and , media reports said.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Egypt, Turkey and the US, once Donald Trump takes charge of White House in 201, would be invited to take part in the peace talks, Reuters reported.
If the deal works out, it will see end of a six-year civil war that has killed more than 430,000 and forced around 11 million to leave their homes.
Earlier in November, Syrian rebels had dismissed Putin’s Aleppo peace initiatives, describing it as a media stunt for “public consumption.”
Yasser al-Youssef, a spokesman for the Nour el-Din el-Zinki rebel group, said that Russia “is not serious” and its latest initiatives “don’t concern us.”