Partial truce in Syria to start at midnight Friday, Putin says


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A truce among some -- but not all -- of the groups fighting inside Syria will go into effect at midnight Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday in address posted on the Kremlin website.

The cessation of hostilities is the result of talks between the United States and Russia as co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group, the two countries said in a joint statement. Diplomatic sources had talked about a possible ceasefire but specifics were not public until Putin's address.

"It was agreed that the cessation of hostilities in Syria commences at 00:00 (Damascus time) on February 27, 2016 on terms and conditions that are a part of the Russian-American statement," Putin said.

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