USA not cooperating with Syria’s ceasefire

Russia: Washington refused to list Ahrar al-Cham among terrorist organizations, hasn’t provided coordinates for Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists

Moscow, SANA – The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that Washington hasn’t yet provided any information that allows for pinpointing the coordinates of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Syria with precision.

Chief of the Russian Reconciliation Center at Hmeimeem Airbase Lt. Gen. Vladimir Savchenko said that the United States’ failure to provide this information hinders the successful implementation of reconciliation in Syria, asserting that he was informed that the Syrian governmental forces are prepared to resume the truce regime and that the Syrian side are informed of the principles of the Russian-US agreements regarding Syria and gave its approval to implement them strictly.

Savchenko explained that the Coordination Center’s main task is to guarantee the arrival of humanitarian aid convoys to affected areas, particularly in the eastern and western countryside of Aleppo, adding that the Center will monitor the implementation of the cessation of combat activities and work to set mechanisms for rebuilding infrastructure in Aleppo and other areas across Syria.

He also noted that 5 foreign states and 5 international organizations have voiced readiness to provide comprehensive support for Syrians in the humanitarian field.

On a relevant note, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation announced that Russian military personnel have all the resources for monitoring the situation in areas covered by the cessation of combat activities, stressing the need for implementing the cessation completely which involves not to be provoked by breaches and to monitor any breaches with precision, adding that Russian military aircrafts will continue to target terrorists in Syria and that work is underway to establish a joint center to specify targets for Russian and American air forces.

Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry revealed that the United States refused to list Ahrar al-Cham among terrorist organizations despite Russia’s calls to this effect, voicing concern that the organization will refuse to abide by the truce.

The Ministry said in a statement that the reaction of some armed groups illicit concerns, including Ahrar al-Cham which refused to abide by the Russian-American agreement.

Hazem Sabbagh

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