Russian Federation criticizes USA for holding up a deal in Syria

In reports that first emerged last month Russia began building'dozens of underground bunkers across the country several years ago according to US officials

Announcing the breakthrough deal early Saturday in Geneva, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the nationwide "cessation of hostilities" will begin at sundown on September 12, when Muslims observe the religious holiday Eid al-Adha.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the plan could reduce violence in Syria and lead to a long-sought political transition, ending more than five years of bloodshed. In exchange for getting Mr Assad's air forces out of the skies, the USA and Russian Federation would work together to identify acceptable targets and then approve strikes.

Several previous efforts have failed in recent months.

Kerry was holding talks with officials in Washington about the proposals, said the official, who wasn't authorized to be quoted by name and demanded anonymity. He said Syrian President Bashar Assad's government was prepared to comply with the arrangement.

Mr Lavrov said if the ceasefire lasted a week, U.S. and Russian forces would carry out joint air strikes to target the Nusra Front and Islamic State (IS) groups.

Despite simmering tensions between Washington and Moscow, the USA and Russian militaries will then work together to target Islamic State forces and the al-Nusra Front, the al-Qaeda affiliate that is operating in Syria.

If the truce holds from Monday, Russia and the United States will begin seven days of preparatory work to set up a "joint implementation centre", including some information sharing to delineate territory controlled by Nusra and opposition groups.

Update 9pm: Russia's foreign minister has said he is thinking of "calling it a day" on talks with the United States to forge a ceasefire in Syria.

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Both warring sides would pull back from the strategic Castello Road in Aleppo to create a demilitarised zone, while opposition and government groups would both have to provide safe and unhindered access via Ramouseh in the south of the city.

The U.S. and Russian Federation agreed to impose a cease-fire in Syria's bloody civil war, seeking to ease the country's deepening humanitarian crisis and begin talks on a political transition that opponents of President Bashar al-Assad hope will lead to his ouster.

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During the snap meeting, the two diplomats will hold talks on how to put an end to fighting in the wartorn country and further humanitarian aid for the Syrian people, according to the US State Department.

He called on both countries to facilitate United Nations efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to Syrians in hard-to-reach and besieged areas. And the task was becoming even more hard as fighting rages around the divided city of Aleppo, Syria's most populous and the new focus of the conflict.

The Pentagon said in a statement it would carefully monitor the "preliminary understanding" agreed on Friday and cautioned the Assad regime and its backer, Russia, to stick to deal requirements.

The negotiations were focusing on clinching a ceasefire, getting humanitarian aid to civilians and starting political talks to end the five-year war that has killed more than 290,000. Syrian troops and their allies also retook nearly all the territory lost since a July 31 offensive by the opposition forces in south and southwestern Aleppo province, according to the group, which monitors the conflict through activists on the ground.



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