Russia under pressure to stop devastating Aleppo bombardment

by Jack Stubbs and John Davison | Reuters  |  published on October 8, 2016

AleppoRussia said on Friday a draft U.N. resolution demanding an end to air strikes and military flights over the Syrian city of Aleppo was unacceptable, as Moscow faced growing international pressure to stop a devastating bombardment of the city backed by Russian air power.

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said a draft put forward by France contained a number of unacceptable points and politicized the issue of humanitarian aid.

But Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia would support an eye-catching proposal by U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura to escort militants out of Aleppo personally.

Russia was ready to call on the Syrian government to allow fighters from the Islamist Nusra Front to leave the city with their weapons, Lavrov said.

Lavrov was speaking a day after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad offered fighters and their families amnesty to leave rebel-held eastern Aleppo under guarantee of safe passage to other parts of Syria held by the insurgents.

  • CharlieSeattle

    As usual, Russia will say they will and then decide they won’t!

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  • Rodney Steward

    Russia is not going to play the games of the useless UN, that Obama and Hellary are such fans of, and this is why Russia and China will be the next world leaders, wait and see!

  • Edgardo L. Perez-De Leon

    Putin did it again. A master of war and of propaganda. While US and France wants to save the terrorists at the eastern part of Aleppo from Russians and Syrian air and land attacks, Assad and Putin are offering amnesty and free pass to scape from the city, ALIVE. US wants to send humanitarian aid to the terrorists while Putin wants to give them bombs or scape under promise or not being killed in their way to other ISIS held areas, their choice. Russia has veto power and US and France, too, but France’s resolution is not reasonable.

    • CharlieSeattle

      I am surprised a muslim country like France would do that.

      • Edgardo L. Perez-De Leon

        First of all, France is not a Muslim country. I am not surprised of what France did even although it is under the Socialist Party’s governance because France is as imperialist as US. What surprise me is the guts to propose this resolution knowing Russia’s veto power as member of the Security Council and knowing that Putin is a brilliant strategist that was going to come out with something else. I am sure that Putin would like all these terrorists killed but France is giving him the choice of eventually be found guilty of war crimes –despite that no one charged Bill Clinton for his crimes in Serbia and no one charged the Bushes for their crimes in Iraq –. or to release the terrorist under the proposed amnesty. Columbia denied its president the moral right to the Nobel Prize. If ISIS and politics would not be involved, this move is so brilliant that Putin deserves the Novel Prize of 2017 with 100% of support of the world. Let us see what happens..

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