Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
27th February, 2016
As of Saturday, at 00:00, the aviation of the Russian space forces have completely stopped striking those areas and armed groups that submitted their compliance with the ceasefire, the head of the main operational Directorate of the General staff of the armed forces of Russia Sergei Rudskoy told reporters. He also said that seventeen armed groups who contacted the command of Khmeimim air base agreed to abide by the ceasefire in Syria.
Russia and the US exchanged maps on the situation in Syria that cover the areas involved in the ceasefire, and the stationing of armed groups, he added. “A developed map of situation in Syria was developed especially for the exchange of information with our American colleagues, which was transferred to the American side during the bilateral consultations in Amman on 26th February, and also in military and diplomatic channels. It applies to areas where work is underway to reconcile the parties of the conflict, Syrian government troops, Kurdish areas, designated areas held by the ISIL terrorists, “Jabhat al-Nusra” and other armed groups”,— quotes “RIA Novosti” from his words.
“The US brought a list of armed groups, totalling 6,111 people who joined the ceasefire, as well as a list of 74 human settlements and areas with exact geographical coordinates at which airstrikes should exclude,” said Mr. Rudskoy. He added that Russia has received from American colleagues a similar map currently and is working on the comparison of the received information with the data of the Russian military.
Earlier, U.S. President Barack Obama said that the Syrian operation of the Russian airforce had improved the situation of the Assad regime and contributed to the development of a humanitarian crisis in Syria. However, he made it clear that “the coming days will be critical” for Syria and much will depend on if Russia will behave itself.