News Rounds: Syria ceasefire agreement reached by Russia and Turkey

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Russia and Turkey reportedly agree on a ceasefire plan. Reports in Tyrkish state media citing unnamed sources say Turkey and Russia have agreed to a nationwide ceasefire in Syria. Turkey’s government-run news agency Anadolu said Wednesday that Ankara and Moscow would try to bring a ceasefire into effect this week. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu confirmed that Turkey had prepared an agreement, but it was not immediately clear if the Syrian rebel groups involved in the conflict were aware of the draft plan. The plan aims to expand a ceasefire in the city of Aleppo, brokered by Turkey and Russia earlier this month to allow the evacuation of civilians, to all of the country. Like previous ceasefire plans that had been brokered by the United States and Russia, it excludes “terror” groups, the agency said. (CNN)

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says US has been supporting the Islamic State terrorists. The US said this is “ludicrous” and there was no basis for such an accusation. (BBC)

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