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    Russia remains the only country among many which have sought direct or indirect involvement in Syria's affairs to have a ceasefire strategy , according to the Italian newspaper Il Giornale.

    Journalist Gian Micalessin of the Italian newspaper Il Giornale touted Russia as the only country in the world which has a ceasefire strategy which could resolve the Syrian crisis.

    He said that Moscow's proposals for a peaceful settlement of the Syrian conflict can been seen as a way of scoffing at 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner US President Barack Obama, who has been repeatedly accused of mishandling his country's Middle East foreign policy.

    "Having snatched a military initiative in Syria from the owner of the Nobel Peace Prize Barack Obama, [Russian President] Vladimir Putin is preparing to take the negotiations away from him," Micalessin said.

    Residents of Nubul and al-Zahraa, along with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, celebrate after the siege of their towns was broken, northern Aleppo countryside, Syria, in this handout picture provided by SANA on February 4, 2016
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    Residents of Nubul and al-Zahraa, along with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, celebrate after the siege of their towns was broken, northern Aleppo countryside, Syria, in this handout picture provided by SANA on February 4, 2016

    In early February, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow had offered Washington a ceasefire plan for Syria. Although US Secretary of State John Kerry has repeatedly demanded a halt to Russia's air campaign in Syria, the Obama administration lacks the ability to stop it in a way that would improve the situation, according to Micalessin.

    He said that an interruption of the Russian air campaign in Syria would mean the suspension of the Kurds' operation in the country's northeast, where they launch attacks on Daesh terrorists.

    "Therefore, if Obama abandons the Russian peace plan, he will find himself in hot water, ensuring the survival of the West's arch foes, namely al-Qaeda and the Caliphate (Daesh)," Micalessin concluded.

    The Geneva peace talks between the Syrian government and representatives of the Syrian opposition began on January 29. On February 9, UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said that the negotiations had been suspended until February 25.

    As for Russia's ongoing air campaign in Syria, it was launched on September 30,2015, when more than fifty Russian warplanes, including Su-24M, Su-25 and Su-34 jets, commenced precision airstrikes on Daesh and Al-Nusra Front targets at the behest of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    In addition, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed earlier this year that advanced, super-maneuverable Su-35S multi-role fighters had begun their combat mission in Syria.

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