Russia's President Vladimir Putin has said a ceasefire in Syria has been agreed between government and rebel forces, with Russia and Turkey acting as guarantors.
Speaking at a meeting with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, President Putin said that three documents which open the way for solving the Syria crisis were signed earlier on Thursday.
The documents signed are a ceasefire agreement between the Syrian government and the opposition, measures to monitor the ceasefire deal and a statement on the readiness to start peace talks to settle the Syrian crisis, he added.
In a statement carried by state news agency SANA on Thursday, the Syrian military command said it "declares a comprehensive nationwide cessation of hostilities as of midnight".
President Putin said that a number of documents had been signed by both sides and the nationwide end to fighting will begin from Friday.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said the truce will include 62,000 fighters across the country.
Russia is a key ally of Assad, while Turkey backs the opposition.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he hopes the US will stick to its commitments over a ceasefire in Syria brokered by both countries.
Speaking to reporters in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, Mr Putin added that he believed a truce in that country's conflict was the common goal of both Moscow and Washington.
Under the terms of the deal, if it lasts for a week, Russia and America will co-ordinate attacks against some rebel groups including Islamic State and al-Qaeda's former Syria branch known as the Nusra Front.
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