Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, said a cessation of hostilities in the battleground Aleppo will hopefully be announced within the next few hours.
Lavrov’s statements came as he held a joint press conference with UN special envoy, Staffan de Mistura, in Moscow.
De Mistura expressed wishes that with such announcement, the stalled Syrian peace talks will have a better chance to be resumed. “I have a feeling and a hope that we can relaunch this. We all hope that … in a few hours we can relaunch the cessation of hostilities. If we can do this, we will be back on the right track.”
Russian and American military personnel are working closely together to arrange the new Aleppo agreement.
The Russian minister also revealed that a new Russian-US monitoring center has been formed in Geneva, Switzerland, in order to oversee the ceasefire violations in Syria.
“We are grateful to the UN for its help in solving logistical issues on the creation of this center in Geneva where the militaries of the two countries will discuss face-to-face specific developments on the ground,” he explained.
Moscow has been urging Washington to differentiate between ‘moderate rebels’ and ‘extremists’ if a viable and inclusive ceasefire to be successfully implemented.
On April 25, US Army Col. Steve Warren, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq, admitted that al-Qaeda Syrian branch, Jabhet al-Nusra, “holds Aleppo” and it is not party to the agreement.
Violence drastically escalated in the recent week as the Islamist militants rained the government-held districts of Aleppo with thousands of mortars and rockets.