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The Syrian ceasefire offers the first substantive step towards a lasting peace and the possibility for a new era of US-Russian cooperation, former CIA counterterrorism officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou told Sputnik.

“It shows that the US and Russia can cooperate on major international conflicts for the benefit of all,” Kiriakou said on Monday. “It’s certainly a step in the right direction.”

The first signs of the effectiveness of the Syrian ceasefire, which went into effect Friday at midnight, were encouraging, Kiriakou, a Middle East expert and former senior analyst on the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said.

Read the full article on Sputnik News’s website.

John Kiriakou is an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies.