TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Russia would now pursue talks on a nationwide ceasefire in Syria.
Speaking at a news conference during a visit to Japan, Putin said that he had agreed with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to hold peace talks on Syria in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana.
Those talks would be in addition to United Nations brokered talks that have been taking place intermittently in Geneva, Putin told reporters, the Daily Star reported.
His comments came as thousands of people were evacuated on Thursday from the last rebel bastion in Aleppo, the first to leave under a ceasefire deal that would end years of fighting for the city and mark a major victory for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
A first convoy of ambulances and buses with nearly 1,000 people aboard drove out of the devastated rebel-held area of Aleppo, which was besieged and bombarded for months by Syrian government forces.
Syrian state television reported later that two further convoys of 15 buses each had also left east Aleppo. The second had reached the rebel-held area of al-Rashideen.