Russia announced a ceasefire by the Syrian government forces in the northwestern province of Idlib from Saturday morning.
An agreement was reached on “a unilateral ceasefire by Syrian government forces in the Idlib de-escalation zone, from 6 am on August 31”, the Russian Reconciliation Centre for Syria said in a statement.
“The ceasefire aimed “to stabilise the situation” in Idlib and urged anti-government fighters to “abandon armed provocations and join the peace process”, the statement said.
The statement called on armed groups to avoid provocation and join the process for the establishment of a peaceful stabilization in the areas under their control.
After months of intense bombardment, regime forces launched a ground offensive against Idlib earlier this month.Two days before the August 5 meeting of the US and Turkey’s delegations in Ankara about the safe zone, Turkey, Russia and Iran met in Kazakhstan in the 13th Syrian Guarantors meeting. The Syrian regime declared a ceasefire in Idlib.