A ceasefire in Syria was announced Monday by the Russian and US presidents aimed at seeking an armistice in the country, which has been devastated by a five-year-long civil war.
The Syrian leader confirmed his readiness to promote the ceasefire.
“ISIS, Jabhat Al-Nursa, and other terrorist organizations designated by the United Nations Security Council, are excluded from the cessation of hostilities. Strikes against them will continue,” Vladimir Putin stressed in a statement on Monday.
The main objective of the Syrian truce is “to stop the bloodshed and create the ground to move to a political settlement,”Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday.
While Moscow and Damascus remain in constant contact with each other, and share common ground on the political settlement in Syria, their positions do not coincide completely, Peskov noted.
“Certainly there are differences,” Peskov said.
Moscow and Washington are going to use their influence to bring the sides of the conflict closer to a settlement.
“Bashar Assad remains the only legitimate president of Syria. It goes without saying that he has his own views regarding the different modalities of the Syrian peace settlement,” Peskov said.
Vladimir Putin has also held phone talks with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, clarifying in detail the essence of the Syrian peace truce statement of Moscow and Washington.
On Wednesday, Putin also held phone talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.