Putin links new Syria ceasefire deal to more pragmatic U.S. stance

FILE PHOTO: A rebel fighter walks past damaged buildings in a rebel-held part of the southern city of Deraa

HAMBURG (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that a new ceasefire deal in southern Syria was the result of the United States altering its stance and becoming more pragmatic about the situation there.

Putin, speaking at a news conference at the G20 summit in Hamburg, was referring to a ceasefire and “de-escalation agreement” for southwestern Syria reached by the United States, Russia and Jordan on Friday.

(Reporting by Denis Dyomkin in Hamburg and Vladimir Soldatkin/Christian Lowe in Moscow; Writing by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Jon Boyle)