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Russian lawmaker considers US statement on Plan B on Syria unacceptable

February 26, 18:03 UTC+3 MOSCOW
In Valentina Matviyenko's words, this raises doubts about the implementation of the Russia-US agreement on ceasefire
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MOSCOW, February 26. /TASS/. Russian Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko has described as unacceptable US statements about Plan B on Syria.

Russia and the United States submitted a draft resolution to the United Nations to make this agreement an international legal instrument, Matviyenko told TASS on Friday.

She noted that "this process will not be easy." "All the more confusing are reports that there is some kind of Plan B in case these agreement don’t work," she said adding that this "settles uncertainty in the sincerity of signatories" and "raises doubts about the implementation of this agreement." "In my view, this is unacceptable. Everyone should unite efforts, do everything possible and impossible to cease fire, to stop military actions and bring peace to the Syrian land," Matviyenko said.

If UN Security Council adopts the draft resolution submitted by Russia and US, the document will become obligatory for all UN member countries, first deputy chairman of Federation Council’s Committee on Defense and Security Frants Klintsevich. "I hope that the resolution will get UN Security Council’s support today. After that, any attempts to disrupt ceasefire in Syria will be considered as actions directed against the whole international community, with all ensuing consequences," Klintsevich said.

On Monday night Russia and the United States released a joint statement saying that the ceasefire will take effect in Syria at 00:00 Damascus Time on February 27.

"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," the joint statement of the United States and Russia 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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