The Russian president Vladimir Putin has said that Syrian government and the rebels have agreed on a ceasefire deal in order to resolve the conflict by political means and negotiations.
Vladimir Putin had a meeting with the defense minister Sergei Shoigu and foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and he said: “This agreement we’ve reached is very fragile, as we all understand. They require special attention and patience, professional attitude, and constant contact with our partners.”
He further said: “The first was signed by the Syrian government and the Syrian opposition to stop hostilities in the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic. The second one is a set of measures to control the ceasefire. The third document is a declaration of intention for Syrian settlement.”
The Russian president said that three different documents have been signed between the two parties, the first is ceasefire agreement between Syrian forces and the rebels, the second is a term and conditions of the ceasefire agreement and the third document is for the political solution for the conflict.
Sergei Lavrov that the negotiations will take place in Kazakhstan and Russia, Iran, Turkey and possibly Egypt will take part in the negotiations along with representatives of Syria and the rebels. In later stages other countries will also be invited including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq and even United States once Donald Trump becomes president.
The defense minister of Russia Sergei Shoigu said that the seven major rebel groups in Syria support the ceasefire deal, there are almost 60,000 soldiers in their ranks.
He also said that the success of this ceasefire agreement will allow Russia to scale down its military presence in Russia, however, such claims by Russia in the past have not been followed upon.