Syria’s military agrees to cease fire; planned to begin as early as Thursday evening

Syria’s military has reportedly agreed to a cease fire that could begin as early as 5 p.m. Thursday. According to multiple news agencies, the agreement was made after Russia said it had brokered a deal with Turkey.

NBC News reports Russian President Vladimir Putin said the agreement would be followed by peace talks in Kazakhstan between Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government and the opposition.

Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut¬† Cavusoglu told the BBC that Turkey and Russia would act as guarantors of the ceasefire deal, under which all foreign fighter groups would have to leave Syria.

“We are on the verge of an agreement with Russia,” he said. “If everything goes alright, we will make this agreement. Russia will be the guarantor of the regime [Syrian government]. Russia and Turkey are guarantors in the agreement being worked on in Ankara.”