RUSSIA AND TURKEY AGREE ON SYRIA CEASEFIRE TERMS

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Russia and Turkey have agreed terms on a ceasefire in Syria, according to Turkish staterun news agency, Anadolu Agency, citing an unnamed source.

Russia and Turkey, who back opposite sides in Syria’s civil war, have agreed terms on a ceasefire in the war-torn country that would start in the early hours of Thursday morning (December 29), Anadolu Agency reported.

Peace talks are proposed to be held in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan.

Russia and Turkey brokered a ceasefire deal earlier in December in the city of Aleppo, resulting in the evacuation of tens of thousands of civilians and rebel fighters from the besieged city. This new proposed deal attempts to go a step further and create a ceasefire on a national scale.

Notably “terrorist organizations” would not be included in the ceasefire deal, although no further details were given on which groups that would exclude.

Russia and its extensive airstrike campaign in support of President Bashar al-Assad, has been widely seen as turning the civil war in the favor of the Syrian regime, who recently captured the former rebel stronghold of Aleppo.

Turkey on the other hand has been a staunch backer of rebel forces that oppose Assad.

The BBC reported that there was no immediate comment from either the Syrian government or the rebel opposition in response to the potential ceasefire deal.

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