Syria Political News
Russia, Assad set the new diplomatic effort in motion after Syrian rebels suffered major defeat last month by losing control of districts of eastern Aleppo.
The army and the Lebanese Shi’ite Muslim militia Hezbollah gained complete control of the town of Baseimah, taking them close to Ain al-Fija where the water springs are located.
Assad: “Who will be there from the other side? Will it be a real Syrian opposition? If they want to discuss this point they must discuss the constitution.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air strikes began on Sunday morning, after a lull since Saturday morning during which a new round of negotiations over repairs took place.
In Damascus, Ali Haidar, national reconciliation minister, said the state could not allow Idlib to remain in insurgent hands indefinitely.
Like previous Syria ceasefire deals, it has been shaky from the start, with repeated outbreaks of violence in some areas, but has largely held elsewhere.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian Vladimir Putin overseen a truce deal welcomed by all sides in the conflict that may lead to peace talks.
“The agreements reached are, of course, fragile, need a special attention and involvement.” Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
Turkey and Russia have agreed on a proposal toward a general ceasefire in Syria, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency said on Wednesday, and will aim to put it into effect by midnight.
Russia FM spokeswoman Zakharova: “In the administration of B. Obama they must understand any weapons handed over will end up in the hands of jihadists.”
Insurgents seeking to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have shelled government controlled areas of Aleppo throughout the conflict, which began in 2011.
The fall of Aleppo just weeks before U.S. President Barack Obama leaves office is a fitting stamp on his Middle East policy of retreat and withdrawal.
“We are now stronger than any potential aggressor,” President Vladimir Putin said at the same event at the Defence Ministry in Moscow.
“Buses are now moving again from east Aleppo. We hope that this continues so that people can be safely evacuated,” a U.N. official in Syria says.
Syrian activists say the last evacuations of rebels and civilians from the northern city of Aleppo are being held up, while the government and opposition blame each other for the delay.
The Syrian army broadcast messages into the last rebel enclave of Aleppo on Tuesday, warning that it was poised to enter the area during the day and urging insurgents to speed up their evacuation of the city.
Russia President Vladimir Putin said in Tokyo. “We are conducting very active negotiations with representatives of the armed opposition brokered by Turkey.”
Thousands of people were evacuated on Thursday from the last rebel bastion in Aleppo, the first to leave under a ceasefire deal.
“Don’t threaten us. We are not a rabbit, we are a tiger,” the Jerusalem Post newspaper quoted Netanyahu as telling Nazarbayev.
The battle of Aleppo, one of the worst of a civil war that has drawn in global and regional powers, ended with victory for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.