MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A ceasefire, which was brokered by Russia and the United States, came into effect in war-torn Syria on February 27, uniting the government and opposition in a bid to restore peace in the country. Only terrorist groups are not covered by the truce.
"Ankara’s nourishment of terrorists with weapons, munitions and medicines continues being a destabilizing factor which has a significant negative influence on the reconciliation process," Gen. Valery Gerasimov said at the fifth Moscow Conference on International Security.
Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces fighting numerous opposition groups, including the Western-backed allegedly moderate factions, as well as terrorist formations.
The Syrian authorities have repeatedly accused Turkey of helping extremists including by engaging in oil trade, while the Russian Defense Ministry provided satellite images showing oil being smuggled from Daesh-controlled oil fields in Syria to Turkey.