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    The ceasefire regime in Syria has been respected in general by the government forces and armed opposition groups, only seven violations have been registered, the commander of the Russian center on reconciliation in Syria said Monday.

    LATAKIA (Sputnik) —  The Russian center carried out round-the-clock monitoring of cessation of hostilities in the Hama, Homs, Latakia, Damascus, Aleppo and Daraa provinces.

    "The ceasefire regime between government troops and opposition forces in Syria is being respected in general," Lt. Gen. Sergei Kuralenko told reporters at the Hmeimim airbase near Latakia.

    "Officers at the Russian center on Syrian reconciliation registered only seven ceasefire violations in the past 24 hours," Kuralenko stressed.

    The ceasefire regime in Syria, which came into force last Saturday has been respected in general by the government forces and armed opposition groups, only seven violations have been registered, the commander of the Russian center on reconciliation in Syria said Monday.

    "The ceasefire regime between government troops and opposition forces in Syria is being respected in general," Lt. Gen. Sergei Kuralenko told reporters at the Hmeimim airbase near Latakia.

    Kuralenko said the Russian center carried out round-the-clock monitoring of cessation of hostilities in the Hama, Homs, Latakia, Damascus, Aleppo and Daraa provinces.

    "Officers at the Russian center on Syrian reconciliation registered only seven ceasefire violations in the past 24 hours," Kuralenko stressed.

    Russia and the United States reached an agreement on the ceasefire in Syria on February 22. The truce excluded the terrorist groups Islamic State and the Nusra Front, both of which are outlawed in Russia.

    The Syrian government has confirmed its readiness to halt its military actions in accordance with the Russia-US agreement. Some opposition forces have been skeptical about the ceasefire, but in general have agreed to adhere to it. The ceasefire took effect at midnight on Saturday Damascus time.

    On Sunday, the Russian Defense Ministry said that Russia's ceasefire monitoring center at the Hmeimim airbase in Syria's Latakia had received from the United States the list of 69 opposition groups pledging to stick to the ceasefire regime in the country. The ministry added the US-run monitoring center in the Jordanian capital of Amman had been informed about all facts of ceasefire violation in Syria.

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