Listen Live
    Жители Дамаска на улицах города в первый день перемирия

    Failure of Syrian Ceasefire Could Spark 'Catastrophic' Regional War

    © Sputnik / Ilya Pitalev
    Middle East
    Get short URL
    31111

    If the recently-negotiated ceasefire in Syria collapses, the negative consequences won't be limited to a resurgence of hostilities in the country, according to Syrian political commentator Husam Shhib; he believes the conflict would escalate into a larger-scale war in the region.

    If the recently-negotiated ceasefire in Syria collapses, the negative consequences won't be limited to a resurgence of hostilities in the country, according to Syrian political commentator Hussam Shoaib; he believes the conflict would escalate into a larger-scale war in the region.

    In an interview with RIA Novosti, Syrian political commentator Hussam Shoaib warned that if the Syrian ceasefire breaks down, the Syrian conflict would unfold into a full-fledged war in the region.

    The interview came several days after Russia and the United States managed to clinch an agreement on a ceasefire in Syria. The ceasefire, which doesn't apply to the government's ongoing fight with the terrorist groups Daesh and the Al-Nusra Front, took effect at midnight on Saturday Damascus time (22:00 GMT on Friday).

    In this photo released on Tuesday, Jan 12, 2016, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian government troops and allied militiamen walk inside the key town of Salma in Latakia province, Syria
    © AP Photo / SANA via AP
    In this photo released on Tuesday, Jan 12, 2016, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian government troops and allied militiamen walk inside the key town of Salma in Latakia province, Syria

    "If the ceasefire is broken, we may face a catastrophic war, which will cover the entire region," Shoaib said.

    At the same time, he did not rule out that the implementation of the ceasefire succeeding, given that Russia and the United States for the first time had reached a common agreement on the conflict in Syria.

    According to him, the US government will certainly try to adhere to the ceasefire deal because "they feel that Russia is the only chance for Washington to help justify the US's criminal policy in Syria that they committed in the past five years."

    Shoaib pointed out that the implementation of the ceasefire will allow the armed opposition groups to lay down their weapons and begin peace talks with the Syrian government.

    Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Damascus and the Syrian opposition groups had supported the ceasefire agreement on Syria, where an armed conflict has raged since 2011.

    On September 30, 2015, Russia launched its air campaign in Syria, with more than fifty Russian Air Force planes, including Su-24M, Su-25 and Su-34 jets, conducting precision airstrikes on Daesh and Al-Nusra Front targets in Syria at the behest of the country's President Bashar Assad.

    The West has repeatedly accused Russian warplanes of targeting moderate opposition groups and civilian buildings rather than Daesh and Al-Nusra terrorists. Moscow denies the accusations, saying that the goal of its air campaign in Syria is to launch strikes on terrorist groups, not the country's civilian infrastructure.

    Related:

    Russia Sends to US Proposals on Ensuring Ceasefire in Syria - General Staff
    Syria Ceasefire ‘Best Chance’ to Reduce Violence in Conflict-Torn State
    Military Force Should Be Last Resort in Addressing Syria Ceasefire Breaches
    German Foreign Minister Urges All Sides to Observe Ceasefire in Syria
    Tags:
    implementation, hostilities, ceasefire, conflict, war, Syria
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik