US and Russia Reach Provisional Deal on Syria Truce

Announcement follows statements by opposition groups and President Assad setting terms for accepting a temporary truce John Kerry, US secretary of state, says a “provisional agreement” has been reached on a ceasefire in Syria’s five-year civil war. Kerry, speaking in Amman on Sunday alongside Nasser Judeh, Jordan’s foreign minister, said he had spoken earlier that morning with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, about the agreement. Inside Story – Syria war: Will cessation of hostilities lead to talks? Now, he said, both the US and Russia planned to reach out to the various sides of the conflict. Kerry said he hoped President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin would talk soon and implementation could begin after that. Kerry said details of a ceasefire still needed to be resolved, such as enforcement and that the international community was “closer to a ceasefire today than we have been”. The Russian foreign ministry confirmed...

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