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Moscow ~ Russian President Vladimir Putin told the leaders of Britain, France, Germany and Italy during a conference call Friday that the Syrian government’s decision to hold legislative elections in April does not contradict the peace process.

“The Russian side noted that a decision by the Syrian government to hold parliamentary elections in April, 2016 is being conducted in accordance with the existing Syrian constitution and does not interfere with steps to build a peaceful process to solve the crisis,” the Kremlin said following the conference call.

The Kremlin said that Russian President Vladimir Putin affirmed to French President Francois Hollande, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi the need to continue to fight relentlessly against ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist organizations in Syria.

The Kremlin noted that the five leaders have confirmed that the application of the cessation of hostilities in Syria has yielded positive results.

On Saturday February 27th, The UN Security Council unanimously adopted resolution no. 2268 on a cessation of hostiles in Syria in implementation of a US-Russian agreement that witnessed breaches by terrorist organizations in some areas, according to the Russian center at Hmeimeem base that is coordinating the cessation of hostilities.

The Syrian-Syrian dialogue is expected to be resumed in Geneva on March 9th according to UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura who confirmed that he will not postpone the date again.

On a relevant note, Dmitry Peskov, press spokesman for the Russian President, said that President Putin discussed with the permanent members of the Security Council of Russia a number of issues including resolving the crisis in Syria and the cessation of combat activities in it.

SANA, Manar al-Frieh/Manal / Hazem Sabbagh
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