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    U.S. President Barack Obama (R) chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin prior to a working session at the Group of 20 (G20) leaders summit in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya, Turkey, November 16, 2015

    Russia and US Agree on Steps to Stop Fighting in Syria

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the Syrian ceasefire agreement is a "real step that can stop the bloodshed."

    On Monday, the Kremlin released details of the Syrian ceasefire plan the US and Russia agreed upon. The two countries had to conduct several rounds of secret negotiations before settling all details and making them public. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the plan of ceasing hostilities presents a "real step that can stop the bloodshed."

    Before releasing details of the peace plan, Putin and Obama held a private telephone conversation, in which Putin stressed that the cooperation between Moscow and Washington should serve as an example of efforts against terrorism.

    "The Russian-American agreements on a ceasefire in Syria, and their joint implementation in coordination with all participant countries of the International Syria Support Group [ISSG] can serve as an example of responsible policy, based on international law and UN principles, actions of the international community against the threat of terrorism," Putin said.

    He said that Russia will do everything to ensure that the ceasefire is implemented, working closely with the Syrian government, and expects the US to convince Syrian opposition groups to respect the agreement.

    "We will do whatever is necessary with Damascus, with the legitimate Syrian authorities," Putin said. "We are counting on the United States to do the same with its allies and the groups that it supports."

    The two countries will work jointly to determine which groups the ceasefire applies to.

    "The main objective now that the Russian and US sides set in their joint statement is to end unnecessary bloodshed in Syria and continue the war on terror, thus facilitating the political settlement in this country," said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

    Putin also said he expects Middle Eastern countries to support the plan.

    "I would like to hope that the Syrian leadership and all our partners in the region and beyond it, will support the algorithm of actions selected by representatives of Russia and the United States," Putin said.

    Speaking to reporters, White House spokesman Josh Earnest confirmed that the White House contacted the Kremlin on Monday.

    "This is a moment of opportunity and we are hopeful that all the parties will capitalize on it," Earnest said. He cautioned, however, that "this is going to be difficult to implement."

    Moscow plans to continue "intensive dialogue" with all parties involved in the conflict.

    The ceasefire agreement was reached after several rounds of talks behind closed doors.

    "There were a few rounds of closed consultations, not public consultations," Peskov said.

    The ceasefire is set to take effect on Saturday.


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      one step. As others have noted that this is a limited ceasefire only.
    • Todor Todorov
      We will see, to have these neo facists agree to a ceasefire, Putin must have told them, "Boys we are ready to lunch tactical nuclear warheads towards Turkey and Saudi Arabia, are you going to go there and gather the ashes afterwards?".
    • avatar
      Let see how the Evil Master will convince his minions the Saudis head choppers and the Turkey backstabbers to cease their operations through their DEASH creations.

      "The Islamic State group (EI or Daech), the Al-Nusra Front and other organizations considered as terrorists by the Security Council of the UN, are not affected by the cease-fire. The strikes against terrorists will not stop, " insisted President Putin during a televised address.

    • klod.infobeez
      Sounds good. We keep on crushing extremist terrs. The Kurds will take care of the "moderate" terrs.
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      vendorin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, not even a step. Let's see but my gut feeling is telling me this is just Putin's move towards regular 'chit-chat' with DC. While i reality there will be no stopping.
    • Beady-eyed Insomniac
      Let the infighting amongst the headchopping rebels begin. Some already leaving the front. Some complaining of being betrayed by the US, and soon the fresh munitions will decrease to trickle.
      Kurds have moved some Sunni refugees into their enclave for safety. What is intriguing is how both Assad and Kurds have gone to great pains to demonstrate they both are not directly linked with each other
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      michaelin reply tovendor(Show commentHide comment)
      vendor, yes, that seems to be in the right direction, as it is one of his traits - to keep the lines of communication open.
    • Huh?in reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      yeah...can't see this whole thing blowing up or turning into a Charlie Foxtrot.
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      michaelin reply toHuh?(Show commentHide comment)
      Huh?, but the americans are so good at charlie foxtrots! :)
    • Mystic-One
      Dealing with Western Bravo Sierra will lead to a SNAFU then a TARFUN(Look these up if you don't know what they mean) I should know as I live in a Western Country and have seen this play out both domestically and foreign.

      The fox near the hen house should never be trusted no matter how good a deal it seems for the hens.
    • Anton KOMAROV
      It is a step in the right direction, ......will it last?....I fear that the past actions of the united states proove that they do not stick to their word...we will see
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      So, now we have a cease fire in Syria and the Ukraine. Or what one may say is a Mexican standoff in two countries with no resolution in either in sight. If this keeps up their will be no nations left only two opposing forces facing each other armed to the teeth splitting nations and people into opposing forces which will result in a world economic collapse, more war and eventually the total destruction of civilization. Look, this east west conflict must be settled one way or the other without making third countries the continual victims of the conflict. US aggression is tearing the world apart and fighting proxy war's in third nations is not going to settle things. The world has a score to settle with the United States and the world should direct it's anger and frustration with this criminal enterprise directly at the source of world chaos and suffering.
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      If I were Russia I wouldn't trust Washington for one second! The main ploy of the U.S. is deceit. The lying psychopaths in the military will take this advantage to advance their agenda while they THINK nobody is watching. Russia won't fall for it. While Washington is playing tidley-winks, Russia's playing 3 dimensional chess.
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      Any one with little or no knowledge at tall about politic knows that this Ceasefire in Syria is no more than a Russia capitulation, again Russia surrender to US pressure. Just a couple of weeks a in Geneva Kerry demanded that Russia to stop bombing, now they got it, they can call it of anything, but the real mane for that is Russia surrender. Who going to pay the price? Well, as always, the Syria people who trusted in Russia to save them, because NATO will move in one way or a another. I keep telling my college at work that it is too good to be true when we saw Russia making all that noise with fighter-get and missiles and bombing. it was too goo to be true considering that what they did to Yugoslavia, helped the US pileup sanction against Ira, and run away from Libya, they run away and left the country for NATO to destroy it. I can tell you what is going to happen from now on; the US and NATO of course, going to demanding the Assad to go, just wait and see, then slowly they put one of their pet in power and the next thing you see is Russia out. As we saw in Kosovo and Georgia, in both of those countries Russia had air-base but NATO forced them out and took the bases.
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      I have total confidence that Russia will employ diplomacy, integrity and the pursuit of peace for both the short term and longer term to the absolute maximum of their ability.
      Unfortunately you never know what you are going to get from the Americans due to the heavy and very powerful zionist pressure in Washington. Will Obama work for peace or submit to the zionist warmongers who have brought so much death, destruction and misery to especially the ME
    • avatar
      Watch closely, the Empire of chaos will undermine the ceasefire - for sure that's how the bully works agree but will not oblige to follow the rules
    • avatar
      The US talking point about isolating Russia and Russia only being a regional power was about the dumbest strategy I've ever seen. Russia's a major global power who will have influence whether Obama likes it or not.
    • Capt'nSkippy !!!
      Some very intelligent and informative options being thrown around here and all in some way can make a lot of sense. BUT the one big issue here is the SHeIT of septic US and NATO cannot be trusted!!! Any DEALS made must have a immediate backstop to shut them down IF they make one single wince at doing something alternative!!! All those in favor say "AYE"!!! )))
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      On Sunday, US Secretary of State John Kerry said he and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, had reached a provisional agreement on the “cessation of hostilities” in Syria, noting the sides were closer to a ceasefire than ever before. Russia will speak to the Syrian government and Iran, and the US will speak to the Syrian opposition and its partners, Kerry said. The truce would exclude two major militant groups in Syria, namely Daesh and Nusra Front. “As announced in Munich a little over a week ago, this cessation of hostilities will apply to all parties in Syria except for ISIL (Daesh), except for al-Nusra and other terrorist groups that have been so designated by the UN Security Council,” Earnest said.

      www.almasdarnews.com/article/obama-putin-talk-syria-ceasefire | Al-Masdar News

      What are the chances that we will now see a huge transfer of Nusra and ISIS guys to other branches of terrorists or so called 'moderates' that are under this agreement? I reckon that is what they may do in order to re-group and then attack once re-grouped either under the new name or under the old one as it is not hard to announce it within minutes once they make up their minds. The whole exercise is a considerable laugh.
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