U.S. President Barack Obama said that Russia and the Syrian government forces must fulfil their obligations to respect the ceasefire in Syria, Reuters reports.
“The coming days will be crucial, and the world will be watching [for a truce in Syria],” said Obama. According to him, this “test” will show whether the parties committed to a political settlement in Syria.
He stressed that “nobody has illusions” about the agreement, but should “at least try to put an end” to the Syrian conflict.
“None of us have any illusions. We are all aware of many potential pitfalls, and there are many reasons for skepticism, but history will severely judge us if we don’t do what depends on us, and at least not try to put an end to this terrible conflict,” Obama said.
He said that this step can potentially lead to negotiations on a political settlement to end the civil war in Syria, which, in turn, will allow the parties to concentrate all their forces against the militants of the “Islamic state” (IG, the organization banned in Russia).
“That’s why the USA will do everything possible to maximize the chances of success in the cessation of hostilities,” said the President, adding that against the is militants the US and its allies will continue to be “ruthless”.