December 23, 2016 / 9:23 AM / 8 months ago

Russia defence minister says close to reaching ceasefire deal for Syria - RIA

A general view shows damage in the Old City of Aleppo, Syria December 13, 2016.Omar Sanadiki

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The evacuation of rebel fighters from Aleppo is complete, creating the conditions for a ceasefire deal in Syria, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu was quoted by the RIA news agency as saying on Friday.

"In my view we are very close to achieving an agreement on a full ceasefire across the territory of Syria," Shoigu said at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, RIA reported.

Reporting by Peter Hobson; Editing by Maria Kiselyova

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