VKS RF stop attacks by armed opposition groups in Syria, except terrorist


MOSCOW, February 22. The Russian space forces to stop attacks by armed opposition groups in Syria in accordance with those obtained by Russia or the United States confirmations from the participants of the cessation of hostilities. This item is contained in a special Annex to the Joint statement of the Russian Federation and the USA as co-chairs of the International support group Syria on the cessation of hostilities in Syria, published on the Kremlin website.

This item also implies an end of attacking any kinds of weapons, including the bombing of the air force of the Syrian Arab Republic on the positions of the same bands. For its part, opposition groups commit themselves on the termination of attacking any kinds of weapons, including rockets, mortars and anti-tank guided missiles for the armed forces of the Syrian Arab Republic and the forces that support them.

This is the only item of the five conditions of adherence to the ceasefire, which formally differ only in specifying the parties who are not subject to shock. In fact he says about the same thing.

Other conditions for the parties to the conflict – armed groups of the Syrian opposition and all forces that support or related, on the one side and the armed forces of the Syrian Arab Republic and all the forces that support or associated, with another – absolutely identical.

Among the conditions of full compliance with Resolution 2254 of the UN Security Council, unanimously adopted on 18 December 2015, including the willingness to engage in a political negotiation process under UN auspices; the abandonment of the acquisition of territory and the desire to capture the territory occupied by other parties involved in the ceasefire; the provision of humanitarian agencies rapid, safe, unimpeded and sustained access to areas under their operational control, as well as the creation of conditions to ensure that immediate humanitarian assistance reaches all those in need; commensurate use of force (that is, its application only to the extent necessary for protection from imminent threat) in response, in self-defense.

The application specifically stated that if the conditions of adherence to the ceasefire is possible for all forces, except the ISIL (the former name of the terrorist group “Islamic state” – approx.), “Dzhabhat EN-Nusra” (both groups were banned in Russia – approx.) and other terrorist organizations recognized as such by the UN Security Council.

Russian Federation and United States of America confirm that the process of cessation of hostilities will be monitored impartially and transparently with a wide coverage in the media.