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Crisis in Syria

Russia reaches agreement with Turkey on Syrian cease-fire

Turkey and Russia have agreed on a plan for a cease-fire encompassing the whole of Syria, Turkish state-run media reported Wednesday. The two nations aim to implement the cease-fire by midnight Wednesday and will present the plan to other countries involved in the conflict during talks in Kazakhstan, with the exclusion of terror organizations.

Separately, both Russia and Turkey accused the United States of supporting terrorist groups this week, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan saying Tuesday that the U.S.-led coalition in Syria "give[s] support to terrorist groups including [the Islamic State]" as well as to the People's Protection Units (YPG) and the Democratic Union Party (PYD), both Kurdish organizations.

"It is very clear," Erdogan said, as reported by Al Jazeera. "We have confirmed with evidence, with pictures, photos, and videos," although he did not expand on the alleged proof.