Syria rebels slam Russia, say ready for provisional truce

February 20, 2016 6:22 PM

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BEIRUT — The main Syrian opposition group said Saturday it is ready “in principle” to implement a provisional truce, slamming Russia and the Syrian government after a deadline set for a temporary cessation of hostilities passed.

The Saudi-backed group, known as the High Negotiations Committee, said any potential truce would require the Syrian government to first lift blockades from rebel-held communities and release thousands of detainees.

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