Donetsk, Dec 20 – DAN. The Donetsk Republic social movement and the Arab Socialist Baʿath Party have signed an agreement on cooperation and collaboration, the DPR Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

"The agreement on cooperation and collaboration with the most powerful Syrian political force is the first step of its kind on the way to the rapprochement between our states," the statement reads.

The document was signed by the head of the DPR movement's executive committee Alexey Muratov and the deputy secretary general of the Ba'ath party Hilal Al-Hilal.

"The sides have consolidated their trusting partnership and the willingness to cooperate on a number of matters in the spheres of information, economy, culture, education, etc," the statement says. *ot