Russia and the United States agreed to extend the cease-fire in Aleppo


The U.S. and Russia have reached an agreement on the distribution of ceasefire in Syria to the province of Aleppo, Reuters reports citing the statement of the US state Department. The report notes that the Russian and American sides will coordinate efforts to monitor compliance with this agreement.

It is extremely important that Russia has doubled the pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to comply with the new conditions, while Washington will carry out his part of the work with the Syrian opposition forces, said in a statement the U.S. state Department. “Our aim has always been and remains uniform for the whole country the cease-fire across Syria, not a series of local cease-fires,” — said in a statement.

Earlier that the U.S. and Russia have reached agreement on a ceasefire in Aleppo in severe Syria, reported the Associated Press, citing senior sources. According to Agency sources, the agreement was reached on the evening of Tuesday, may 3, and came into effect on Wednesday at midnight Moscow time.

AP interlocutors argued, since the number of collisions has decreased, but in places there are ceasefire violations.

Earlier Wednesday, 4 may, the official representative of the Ministry of defense of Russia Igor Konashenkov said that Russia and the United States planned to introduce a “silence regime” in Aleppo on may 3, however, this plan was thwarted attacks banned terrorist group Jabhat al-Nusra”. “The Russian and American parties in coordination with the Syrian leadership and the moderate opposition yesterday for 24 hours planned introduction of the “regime of silence” in Aleppo and its suburbs. Subsequently it was supposed to extend it for another two days”, — said Konashenkov. According to him, the introduction of a “silence regime” was disrupted after the attacks of Jabhat al-Nusra” in the quarter of Al-Zagra, and also other massive shelling of residential areas, caused mass destruction of civilians.

Konashenkov noted that between the Russian centre of reconciliation on the basis of the Hamim and the American center in Amman (Jordan) continued active consultations for the early introduction of the “regime of silence” in Aleppo.