Thursday, December 29, 2016

Vladimir Putin announces ceasefire between Syrian government and rebels

Vladimir Putin announces ceasefire between Syrian government and rebels: The Syrian government and the opposition have agreed to a nationwide ceasefire due to start at midnight, Vladimir Putin said on Thursday, as he announced Russia would withdraw some of its troops from the war-torn country.

The ceasefire deal follows talks between Turkey, Russia, and Iran and could potentially pave the way to a peace deal that would end the five-year civil war in Syria.

"It was just reported that today, a few hours ago, an event occurred which we have not just been waiting for, for a long time, but which we've worked hard to bring about. Three documents have been signed," Mr Putin said at a meeting with the Russian defence and foreign ministers in Moscow.

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