Russia & Turkey to launch talks for a nationwide ceasefire in Syria

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on all parties to the Syrian conflict to observe ceasefire in Aleppo.

Speaking at a news conference during a visit to Japan, Putin said that Russian Federation would now pursue talks on a nationwide ceasefire in Syria, Reuters reported.

Turkey, which wants to boost its global sway too, is also deeply frustrated by US policy in Syria, particularly Washington's support for Kurdish militia fighters it sees as a hostile force, and by what it views as Barack Obama's failure to give enough support to the rebels.

"The Turkey-brokered truce in Aleppo and the continuation of evacuations is the only hope left for innocent people".

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has consistently ruled out stepping down as part of a political solution to the war and this week he claimed a major military victory when his forces recaptured rebel-held areas of Aleppo. Other reports suggested that rebels had blocked the evacuation of two Shiite villages, Foua and Kefraya, in neighboring Idlib province, in violation of the Aleppo evacuation agreement. It is unclear how long the suspension will last.

Around 4,000 people were transported out of east Aleppo on Thursday according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.