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Russian lawmaker warns Russia-US deal on Syria ceasefire may face resistance inside US

February 24, 13:40 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The Russian lawmaker expressed concern that "US military are not working in unison with US diplomats and the US president
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Russian Federation Council’s International Affairs Committee chairman Konstantin Kosachev

Russian Federation Council’s International Affairs Committee chairman Konstantin Kosachev

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MOSCOW, February 24. /TASS/. Russian-US agreements on ceasefire in Syria may face resistance in the United States, Federation Council’s International Affairs Committee chairman Konstantin Kosachev said on Wednesday.

"This agreement started to face resistance inside the United States. In any case, yesterday I noticed statements by military leadership of the country, the Pentagon, from special services, in particular CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) that say that Russia cannot be trusted, (Syrian) President Assad cannot be trusted. These agreements (on ceasefire in Syria) will not be implemented by these sides by default, and it is necessary to develop a ‘plan B’," Kosachev said at the meeting with Executive Director of the Center for the National Interest Paul Sanders.

The Russian lawmaker expressed concern that "US military are not working in unison with US diplomats and the US president." "I will be glad to be mistaken but it is very important now for the pressure on conflicting parties in Syria to be as consolidated as possible, for us to separate terrorist groups from the internal conflict in Syria by joint efforts as they deserve a joint response and joint strike, both political and military," he noted.

Kosachev added that another obstacle for implementation of Russia-US agreements on ceasefire in Syria may be the presence or lack of support of these agreements inside Syria. He reminded that the Syrian government already supported the agreement. However, he added, there are doubts on whether the armed opposition will support the deal.

Cessation of hostilities is due to come into force in Syria on February 27, a joint statement of the United States and Russia said on Monday. "The cessation of hostilities commence at 00:00 (Damascus time) on February 27, 2016," the joint statement said.

"The United States of America and the Russian Federation, as co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) and seeking to achieve a peaceful settlement of the Syrian crisis with full respect for the fundamental role of the United Nations, are fully determined to provide their strongest support to end the Syrian conflict and establish conditions for a successful Syrian-led political transition process, facilitated by the UN," it said.

The statement points out that the cessation of hostilities is to be applied to all parties to the Syrian conflict but for Daesh (the Arabic acronym for Islamic State) and Jebhat an-Nusra (both are banned in Russia) "or other terrorist organizations designated by the UN Security Council.".

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