February 17, 2016 / 10:57 AM / 4 years ago

Russia, U.S. military to meet on Syria ceasefire this week: Interfax

Rebel fighters from the Democratic Forces of Syria, gather around a fire near al-Hawl area in the southeastern city of Hasaka, Syria November 10, 2015. REUTERS/Rodi Said

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian foreign ministry said Russian and U.S. military officials will take part in the first meeting on Friday of a working group to discuss implementation of a ceasefire in Syria, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported on Wednesday.

Russian Deputy Foreign Ministry Gennady Gatilov added that decisions on a no-fly zone over Syria are not possible without agreement of the Syrian government and United Nations.

“The implementation of the agreement reached in Munich on a peaceful resolution in Syria has already begun,” Gatilov was quoted as saying.

Asked to comment on Germany’s suggestion of establishing a no-fly zone over Syria he said: “No decision about any no-fly zones can be made without the agreement of the host country and the relevant decision of the UN Security Council.”

Reporting by Ekaterina Golubkova, writing by Maria Tsvetkova, editing by Christian Lowe

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