On Wednesday, Russian Minister of Defense, Sergey Shoygu announced that the civil war in Syria has de-facto ended because the success of the de-escalation zones initiative. Shoygu emphasized that the de-escalation agreements allowed to focus on fighting terrorist organizations like ISIS and al-Qaeda.
The defense minister made this statement during a meeting with his Lebanese counterpart Yacoub Sarraf. Shoygu stressed the importance of the Russian-Lebanese cooperation and warned that the instability could reach Lebanon.
“I would like our Western partners… finally to separate the moderate opposition from terrorists and stop rendering assistance across the board,” Shoygu said.
In another development, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that the joint observation center in Jordan began its work on Wednesday.
The center will include officials from Russian, the USA and Jordan, and it will monitor the ceasefire in the southern Syria de-escalation zone witch includes Draa and Quneitra. The site will also allow to provide humanitarian aid to civilians.
The southern Syria de-escolation zone was established on July 9. Daraa and Quneitra are witnessing complete calm.
However, the Free Syrian Army didn’t yet take any action against ISIS-affiliated Jaish Khaled bin Al-Walid in the western Daraa countryside.