Syrian armed opposition has suspended participation in the talks in Astana due to violations of the truce by government forces
Armed groups of the Syrian opposition said that putting a freeze on all contacts associated with the preparation for the talks in Astana scheduled for late January. The opposition claimed that the government army and its supporting auxiliary troops repeatedly violated the cease-fire.
According to the Syrian free army (FSA), the truce was broken in the valley of Wadi Barada and in the region of Eastern ghouta near Damascus and in the province of Hama and Deraa. Preparing for the talks in Astana will be resumed only if “the ceasefire violations by the regime will come to an end,” reports TASS with reference to the channel “al Arabiya”.
While the Pro-government newspaper “al-Watan” reports that troops opened fire several times, but did so in response to the fire from the enemy. SANA, in turn, reports that the strikes on positions of the banned in Russia “Islamic state” and “Dzhebhat EN Nusra”, which is the cease-fire does not apply.
The newsletter of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria was reported that during the day there were 34 attacks by armed groups. The Russian VKS and the Syrian air force on opposition armed groups that reported their location information, shock is not applied.
In December, President Vladimir Putin announcedthat Russia, Iran, Turkey and Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad agreed to continue peace talks in the capital of Kazakhstan. The Russian leader noted that the meeting could complement the Geneva talks, and promised “to appeal to the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev with the request to support this process.”
Astana has held similar talks on the normalization of the situation in Syria in 2015.
29 December, Putin announced about achievement of arrangements on cease-fire in Syria and the willingness of the government and armed opposition to open peace negotiations.
Were signed three documents: between the Syrian government and the armed opposition ceasefire, a set of measures to monitor the ceasefire, as well as a statement about the readiness to start peace talks.