The nationwide ceasefire in Syria concluded by Russia and the United States [SF editor: If there is no war between Russia and the United States in Syria, why are they main sides of the deal?] began at 16:00 GMT.
Chief of the Russian General Staff’s Main Operational Directorate Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy:
“In line with the [Russia-US] agreements, the ceasefire regime on the whole territory of the Syrian Arab Republic comes into force on Monday at 19:00 pm Moscow time [16:00 GMT].”
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, Moscow and Washington are setting up a joint center to designate terrorist targets in Syria and the Russian Aerospace Forces will continue to strike terrorist targets.
“The Russian Aerospace Forces will continue airstrikes against terrorist targets in Syria. The Russian and US sides create a joint center that will help coordinate strikes by Russian and US-led coalition’s aircraft to designate targets,”Rudskoy said.
Rudskoy said that the fight against terrorists (ISIS, Jabhat Al Nusra, etc) “will continue regardless of any changes of names.”
The Syrian government has also agreed to support the ceasefire and halt military operations against the so-called “opposition.”
The Russian Defense Ministry expects all US-backed militant groups to abide by the ceasefire deal. It also called Turkish-backed militant groups to halt military operations against the Kurdish YPG in northern Syria.
However, the de-facto implication of the deal looks like significant problem. Ahrar Al-Sham, one of the biggest US-backed “moderate” groups, has already rejected the ceasefire. Its allies will likely follow the decision.