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US, Russia seal Syria cease-fire, new military partnership

The United States and Russia early Saturday announced a breakthrough agreement on Syria that foresees a nationwide cease-fire starting early next week

US, Russia seal Syria cease-fire, new military partnership

GENEVA (AP) -- The United States and Russia have announced a breakthrough agreement on Syria that foresees a nationwide cease-fire starting on Monday, followed a week later by an unexpected new military partnership targeting the Islamic State group and al-Qaida-linked militants.

It also seeks the establishment of new limits on President Bashar Assad's forces and new flows of badly needed humanitarian aid.

Those details emerged early Saturday as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov capped another marathon meeting in Geneva seeking to end Syria's devastating war.

The potential breakthrough deal will hinge on compliance by Assad's Russian-backed forces and U.S.-supported rebel groups, plus key regional powers such as Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia with hands directly or indirectly in Syria's 5-1/2 years of carnage.


Updated : 2021-05-12 14:38 GMT+08:00