Russian leader Vladimir Putin says he and President Barack Obama had a “constructive” conversation on the phone about action moving forward in Syria. The pause is due to begin in a week’s time.
Putin and Obama followed an global security conference in Munich last week, where top Russian officials warned that relations between the Kremlin and the West were descending into Cold War-style confrontation amid the Syria crisis.
“In particular, a support was expressed to efforts of two target groups: for ceasefire and humanitarian aspects”, the Kremlin said.
Besides the two heavyweights, the ISSG also groups Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran, among others.
Kurdish-backed forces were fighting with insurgent groups near Tel Rifaat in the northern Aleppo countryside, while further south, government forces renewed their shelling of rebel positions to the northwest of Aleppo city.
The Foreign Secretary also called on the Russians to stop air strikes in Syria, which he said consisted of “carpet bombing tactics” and “indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas”.
‘We must ask again, why wait a week for this urgently needed cessation of hostilities?’ says Dalia Al-Awqati, Mercy Corps Director of Programs for North Syria.
A senior official said recently that Amman and Moscow enjoy good ties built on trust and appreciation for the “wise” policy Jordan has maintained during the past five years in regard to Syria.
Mr McCain, chairman of the US Senate Committee on Armed Services, said he wished he could regard the truce plan as a breakthrough.
‘Let’s be clear about what this agreement does.
Norbert Roettgen, German parliamentarian has accepted the views of McCain and said. It allows Russia’s assault on Aleppo to continue for another week, ‘ he said.
“Mr Putin is not interested in being our partner“.
As the fighting continued, the Syrian army urged citizens in Deraa province, the Ghouta area east of Damascus, and in rural districts east of Aleppo to quickly seek out “reconciliation” with the government.
However, he played down the possibility of deploying ground troops in Syria by Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries because the USA, which leads the global coalition against Daesh, does not want a military confrontation with Russian Federation.
I want to be wrong”, McCain said, while voicing fears that “the war in Syria will, in his words, “grind on, more innocent people will die, Western credibility and influence will diminish, the refugees will continue to flow out, [and] the terrorists will continue to flow in”.