MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The liberation of Aleppo by the Syrian government forces creates the necessary conditions for peaceful conflict resolution, the chief of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff said Friday.
"The successes of the Syrian armed forces in liberating Aleppo created the necessary conditions for the peaceful resolution of the conflict," Gen. Valery Gerasimov said.
Gerasimov said the nationwide truce agreement that took effect on December 30 in Syria served as "clear confirmation" of the fact.
"I am confident that it will become the basis for a political settlement of the conflict," he stressed.
On December 16, 2016, the Russian Defense Ministry's center for Syrian reconciliation said that the Syrian army operation to liberate the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo was over, and that the Syrian government troops were eliminating separate hotbeds of militant resistance.
Since 2011, Syria has been engulfed in a civil war, with government forces fighting against numerous opposition and terrorist groups, including al-Nusra Front and Daesh, which is banned in a range of countries, including Russia.
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