February 26, 2016 / 8:39 PM / in 2 years

Russia committed not to attack moderate Syrian groups: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia has committed not to launch strikes against Syrian groups the United States considers to be part of the moderate opposition, the U.S. State Department said on Friday, hours before a cessation of hostilities in Syria was due to start.

Russian warplanes fly in the sky over the Mediterranean coastal city of Latakia, Syria, January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

It is “put-up or shut-up time” for Russia, which supports the Syrian government, to show whether it is serious about halting the fighting, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in a news briefing.

Reporting by Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Mohammad Zargham and Paul Simao

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