It appears that the long-awaited ceasefire in Syria is not holding. Why is that, and what does this mean for the peace talks that are due to be held soon in Kazakhstan? DW spoke to Middle East Expert Michael Lüders.
The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran have met in Sochi to discuss strategy in Syria. Meanwhile, some parts of the Syrian opposition forces met in Saudi Arabia ahead of UN-backed peace talks.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has held talks with his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad, the Kremlin has revealed. Assad thanked Russia for its support in "fighting terrorism in Syria."
Russia's military plans to reduce its involvement in Syria this year as it nears the completion of its goals there, chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov has said. Two Russian bases are to remain.
Russia's military campaign objectives "have been almost accomplished," according to an influential lawmaker. With talks gearing up, the UN's chief negotiator said the peace process had reached a "moment of truth."
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