04:11 GMT17 January 2021
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    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad have held a phone conversation, the Kremlin press service said Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The phone talks have been held two days after Russia and the United States announced an agreement on the cessation of hostilities between the Syrian government and armed opposition factions in the country. The agreement will come into force on February 27.

    Military action, including airstrikes conducted by Syria, Russia and the US-led coalition will continue against Daesh, al-Nusra Front, as well as other UN-designated terrorist groups.

    "A phone conversation has been held between President of the Russian Federation V.V. Putin and President of the Syrian Arab Republic B. Assad," the press service said in a statement.

    The two leaders noted the importance of continuing the fight against Daesh, al-Nusra Front, and other groups designated as terrorist organizations by the UN Security Council.

    Assad welcomed the recent Russia-US statement on cessation of hostilities in Syria as an important step toward political settlement, the Kremlin added.

    "Assad described the proposals outlined in the document as an important step toward political settlement."


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