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Russia: General says Russia to control Syria ceasefire even without US01:36

Russia: General says Russia to control Syria ceasefire even without US

Russian Federation, Moscow
March 21, 2016 at 17:30 GMT +00:00 · Published

One of the Russian Army's top generals, Sergei Rudskoi, said in Moscow on Monday that Russia will move ahead with or without the US on the "observance, maintenance and control of the ceasefire in Syria' on the basis of a bilateral draft compromise document.

Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff Lieutenant-General Sergei Rudskoi said that "due to the absence of a response from the US on these proposals [sent by Russia to the US] Russia will proceed to the unilateral application of the rules provided by this agreement."

Russia submitted draft proposals for the maintenance of the ceasefire in Syria, with a follow-up draft compromise, earlier this month. However, said Rudskoi, their American counterparts showed an "unwillingness" to discuss details during talks between the two parties in Amman on March 18 .

A cessation of hostilities came into effect across Syria on February 27. Despite occasional reports of violations, the truce is said to be holding. Meanwhile, intra-Syria negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition delegations are being held in Geneva, which are due to continue until March 24. Their ultimate aim is to end the five-year-long conflict in Syria.

Russia: General says Russia to control Syria ceasefire even without US01:36
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One of the Russian Army's top generals, Sergei Rudskoi, said in Moscow on Monday that Russia will move ahead with or without the US on the "observance, maintenance and control of the ceasefire in Syria' on the basis of a bilateral draft compromise document.

Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff Lieutenant-General Sergei Rudskoi said that "due to the absence of a response from the US on these proposals [sent by Russia to the US] Russia will proceed to the unilateral application of the rules provided by this agreement."

Russia submitted draft proposals for the maintenance of the ceasefire in Syria, with a follow-up draft compromise, earlier this month. However, said Rudskoi, their American counterparts showed an "unwillingness" to discuss details during talks between the two parties in Amman on March 18 .

A cessation of hostilities came into effect across Syria on February 27. Despite occasional reports of violations, the truce is said to be holding. Meanwhile, intra-Syria negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition delegations are being held in Geneva, which are due to continue until March 24. Their ultimate aim is to end the five-year-long conflict in Syria.

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