23-05-2022 08:28 AM Jerusalem Timing

Russia Says Needs Assurances to Lengthen Aleppo Truce

Russia Says Needs Assurances to Lengthen Aleppo Truce

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said his country could lengthen a three-hour daily humanitarian ceasefire around the Syrian city of Aleppo if assurances are made that terrorists will not use it to move into the city

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said his country could lengthen a three-hour daily humanitarian ceasefire around the Syrian city of Aleppo if assurances are made that terrorists will not use it to move into the city.

aid deliveryLavrov said Monday that earlier short-term truces helped militants replenish weapons and added that Russia fears militants are using any ceasefire to send in more of their comrades into Aleppo. He said that in order for the Aleppo ceasefire to be lengthened “it was necessary to solve issues on the fight with terrorists.”

The Russian top diplomat, who was speaking to the media following a meeting with visiting German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, also admitted that the short-term three-hour daily halt in the fighting is not sufficient to let more humanitarian aid into Aleppo.  

“The main issue is not that there’s anyone unwilling to alleviate the humanitarian situation, but it is of utmost importance that terrorists would not be getting reinforced with militants, guns and munition supplies under the humanitarian aid disguise,” Lavrov said.

The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Monday that six Russian bombers conducted “concentrated” air raids against ISIL targets near the eastern city of Dayr al-Zawr, inflicting heavy damage on the Takfiri terrorist group.