Sunday, 1 May 2016
Russia will not ask the Syrian regime to halt air raids on the war-ravaged city of Aleppo, as it believes they are helping to combat extremist groups, Moscow’s foreign ministry said on Saturday.
“No, we are not going to put pressure on (Assad) because one must understand that the situation in Aleppo is part of this fight against the terrorist threat,” Foreign deputy foreign minister Gennady Gatilov told the Interfax news agency.
On Thursday, Washington appealed to Moscow to keep Assad’s regime in check and the United States also expressed outrage over an air strike on an Aleppo hospital.
Secretary of State John Kerry said the strike matched a pattern of Assad regime attacks targeting health workers. The Russian army responded by denying it was backing the regime strikes and indicated that no Russian war planes have flown over the city in recent days.
“Out army and the US army discuss the situation in Aleppo daily,” Gatilov said on Saturday,The Gulf Today reported.