MOSCOW: Russia’s Defense Ministry has announced a cease-fire for a third safe zone in Syria, following talks with the Syrian opposition in Egypt.
The ceasefire between government forces and the opposition went into effect in northern parts of Homs province on Thursday.
“From 12:00 local time (0900 GMT), units of the moderate opposition and government forces will completely stop firing,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.
Konashenkov said Moscow and Syrian opposition groups had reached an agreement on the “operational details” of a “de-escalation zone” north of third city Homs at talks in Cairo on July 31.
Moscow has been behind a push to pacify Syria since the start of this year, after tipping the conflict in favor of the regime with its game-changing military intervention in 2015.
Under a plan hammered out in May between Russia, Turkey and Iran at peace talks in Kazakhstan, four “de-escalation zones” were to be established across swathes of Syria.
Source: News Now/ AFP, AP, Reuters