MOSCOW, February 24. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian leader Bashar Assad have discussed by telephone the issues of the Syrian settlement, said the press service of the Kremlin.
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“We discussed various aspects of the Syrian crisis in light of the tasks of the Russian-American statement as co-chairs of the International support group on Syria ending 27 February 2016 fighting in Syria,” – noted in the Kremlin.
“Assad regarded contained in the aforementioned statement of the proposal as an important step towards a political settlement, confirmed, in particular, the willingness of the Syrian government to facilitate the establishment of the ceasefire”, – stated in the message.
Meanwhile, Putin and Assad stressed the importance of continuing the uncompromising fight against ISIS, “Dzhabhat EN-Nusra” and other terrorist groups, which are included in the list of the UN Security Council, said in the Kremlin.
“Islamic state” (ISIS) – an Islamist terrorist organization operating inside Iraq and Syria. Established on 15 October 2006 by the merger of 11 radical Sunni groups. The core group forming the militants, who fought with American troops during their stay in Iraq and with the forces of the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
The IG recognized as a terrorist organization in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Turkey, Egypt, UAE, India, Indonesia, and Russia (29 December 2014).
The agreement on cease-fire
On Monday evening the Russian Federation and the USA issued a joint statement saying that the ceasefire in Syria will come into force on 27 February at 00:00 time of Damascus (01:00 GMT). The statement stressed that the truce apply to all parties to the conflict, with the exception of terrorist groups “Islamic state” and “dzhebhat EN-Nusra” (both banned in Russia), as well as other terrorist organizations recognized by the Security Council.
UN Secretary-General ban Ki-moon welcomed the agreement. He also reported that his special envoy Staffan de Mistura, who acts as the mediator in inter-Syrian negotiations, “ready to support the implementation of the agreement as the place of events in Damascus and Geneva.”
The Syrian conflict and the main stages of its settlement