Graham fears Syria truce a ‘capitulation’ to Russia, Iran

Graham fears Syria truce a ‘capitulation’ to Russia, Iran

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Graham: 'Stupid' for Trump to ask China to investigate Biden Turkey sanctions face possible wall in GOP Senate MORE (R-S.C.) says the new truce announced Thursday in Syria’s civil war may concede too much power to Iran and Russia.

Graham, a prominent foreign policy hawk, added he is troubled that Turkey is joining Russia as a guarantor of the truce between Syrian President Bashar Assad and rebel forces opposing him.

President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE has been highly critical of President Obama's Syrian policy, calling for stronger military action against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and closer cooperation with Moscow.

Graham is among those who have called for strong sanctions on Russia over reports the Kremlin used hackers to interfere in the presidential election. He has also called on the White House, which is backing certain rebel groups, to take a larger part in the Syrian civil war.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, a close Assad ally, earlier Thursday announced the new pact, set to take effect at midnight Friday.

“Reports have just arrived that several hours ago there was a development that we have all looked and worked for for so long,” he told a meeting of Russian defense and foreign ministers. "Three documents have been signed.”

“A cease-fire between the Syrian government and the armed opposition is one. A package of measures to control the cease-fire is another. And a declaration of readiness to enter into peace talks on a settlement in Syria is the third.”

Thursday’s agreement comes one week after Assad’s forces claimed total recapture of Aleppo, which was once Syria’s largest city.

Aleppo’s fall marked a major turning point in Syria’s five-year-old civil war, which has killed more than 400,000 people.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday said Trump’s incoming administration will be welcome in the Syrian peace process after the truce’s implementation.