Russia will continue cooperation with the US on de-escalation zones in southern Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, adding that although a ceasefire agreement came into force on Sunday, it needs to be consolidated.

After their meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart, Donald Trump, announced that a ceasefire deal had been agreed upon for southwest Syria.

The ceasefire applies to the Daraa, Quneitra and As-Suwayda provinces, and came into effect on Sunday.

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