Russia: Center for monitoring cessation of combat activities in Syria established

Moscow, SANA – The Russian Defense Ministry announced on Tuesday that a coordination center was established at Hmaimim base in Lattakia countryside for the purpose of monitoring the cessation of combat activities and humanitarian aid distribution in Syria.

Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that the center was opened as per the Russian-American agreement on the cessation of combat activities of Syria, noting that the center has already begun its work.

Konashenkov added that its goals also include helping establish dialogue between representatives of the Syrian government and the opposition, with the exception of ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra, and other groups labeled by the Security Council as terrorist organizations.

He also said that opposition forces that are committed to the cessation of combat activities can contact the center around the clock via phone, and that assistance will be provided to those who approach the center to coordinate contact with the Syrian authorities.

Hazem Sabbagh

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