03:31 GMT25 October 2020
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    Speaker of the upper house of Russian parliament Valentina Matvienko said that Russian-US agreements on a ceasefire in Syria carry strategic significance and can change the landscape in the Middle East.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Strategic Russian-US agreements on a ceasefire in Syria will "radically" change the landscape in the Middle East, speaker of the upper house of Russian parliament Valentina Matvienko said Friday.

    "These agreements carry strategic significance. If implemented, they will radically change the situation not only in Syria but also the Middle East," Matvienko told reporters, noting a draft UN Security Council resolution aiming to assign the agreements international legal act status.

    As co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), Russia and the United States brokered a deal this year for Syrian government and rebel forces to lay down arms as of this Saturday. The ceasefire does not apply to internationally designated terrorist organizations, including the Islamic State jihadist group and Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria.

    Matvienko reaffirmed backing for the latest ceasefire agreement among both Damascus and opposition groups.

    Earlier on Friday, the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) alliance of the Syrian opposition and rebels said in a statement that 97 of its factions – including the Free Syrian Army – agreed to uphold the ceasefire for two weeks.


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