Special address of Vladimir Putin on cessation of hostilities in Syria

23.02.2016, Moscow.

The special regime on cessation of hostilities in Syria will commence on February 27. ISIL (Organization banned in Russia), “Jabhat an-Nusra” (Organization banned in Russia)” and other terrorist organization, recognized as such by the UN Security Council, are completely excluded from the cessation of hostilities (in other words, the war against them will continue).

The English text version of the address can be found here.

This means that in the nearest 4 days (up to February 27) the positions of the sides set by the armistice will be defined, as a consequence, the intensification of combat on all key areas of the frontline will intensify.

After the armistice will take place, the militants, referred to as “the armed opposition” in the mass media, will be allocated a reservation: “Russian and American troops will jointly delineate the territories where these groups are active.

Next, it seems, negotiations between Syrian authorities and armed “opposition” are planned: “Most important is the creation of conditions for launching a long-term political process through a broad inter-Syrian dialogue in Geneva, under the auspices of the UN.

What happens next depends on the cards on the table.

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