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    Truce agreements with four Syria's moderate opposition field commanders have been concluded in the past 24 hours, talks with 11 more are underway, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — "In the course of the last 24 hours, ceasefire agreements have been signed with four commanders of moderate opposition units, which control Kafar, Shams and Gabagib (Daraa province). Total number of signed agreements has reached 40," the ministry's Reconciliation Center Bulletin reads.

    "By the mediation of the Russian Federation, negotiations are continued with another 11 leaders of armed formations located in the provinces of Damascus, Daraa, Homs and Aleppo," the bulletin added.

    Russia and the United States reached an agreement on the ceasefire in Syria on February 22. The truce excluded the terrorist groups Daesh (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 on Saturday.

    On Tuesday, US State Department spokesperson John Kirby stated the ceasefire in Syria was holding for the most part and no major violations had been seen in the last 24 hours amid the cessation of hostilities deal.


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