Russia and Turkey agree on nationwide ceasefire proposal in Syria

Turkey and Russia have agreed on the plan of a nationwide ceasefire deal in Syria, Anadolu Agency reported on Wednesday.

Citing anonymous sources, the report said that the two sides have reached agreement on a draft plan for the implementation of a nationwide ceasefire in Syria, with the aim to extend the ceasefire deal in Aleppo throughout the country.

Turkey has spent tremendous effort to ensure a ceasefire deal in besieged Aleppo for the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of civilians. An agreement for the imminent evacuation of civilians and opposition fighters from east Aleppo in Syria was reached on Dec. 13 after mediation efforts from Turkey.

The sources said that Turkey and Russia will aim to ensure that the ceasefire takes effect starting Wednesday night.

Terrorist organizations will be excluded from the ceasefire, the sources added.

In the case that the ceasefire succeeds, the Assad regime and the opposition are expected to start peace talk negotiations brokered by Turkey and Russia, also referred to as ‘Astana talks.’

President Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed on peace talks to be held between Syrian moderate opposition representatives and the Assad regime in Astana, Kazakhstan.The talks are expected to take place in mid-January.


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