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Russia & US agree on Syria

Russia and the US have announced a new ceasefire plan to end the deadly conflict in Syria. After marathon talks in Geneva on Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the two sides had developed five documents that would help to reactivate a failed ceasefire in Syria. The agreement will also include a ban on government airstrikes in specific areas and collaboration on strikes against jihadists, according to Lavrov.

The deal was announced by John Kerry, the US secretary of state, and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on Friday night after 13 hours of talks in Geneva and a tense wait while Kerry consulted others in his administration with a phone call to Washington.

Both were cautious in describing the deal but said it was a possible “turning point” after more than five years of a brutal war that has killed more than 400,000 people.

The plan would need both the Assad government and opposition "to meet their obligations “John Kerry had said.

The Syrian opposition had indicated it was prepared to comply with the plan, he said, provided the Syrian government "shows it is serious".

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said Russia had informed the Syrian government about the arrangements and the Syrian government was "ready to fulfil them".

 

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