The United States and Russia have agreed to a ceasefire for parts of Syria on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. It is the first US-Russian effort under the Trump presidency.
The main result of the discussions between Putin and Trump was confirmation of an agreement for a ceasefire in southwest Syria, to start @ noon, Damascus time on Sunday. The Jordanian government was also involved in the accord.
The ceasefire will be supervised by Russian military police in coordination with Jordan and the USA. The US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson confirmed the agreement and said it showed that Moscow and Washington are able to work together. The meeting was very constructive and the two leaders connected quickly.
Syria has been hit by deadly foreign backed militancy since March 2011. Russia and the USA have been supporting opposing sides in the conflict in Syria, with Moscow backing the Syrian government of president Assad.
The agreement is separate from “de-escalation zones” that where to be created under a deal mediated by Russia, Iran and Turkey during the peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Deutsche Welle / AA Magnum News 2017.