TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Russia will continue its operations in eastern Aleppo and will rescue the Syrian city from terrorists, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday during a visit to Turkey.

Speaking at a joint press conference after a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in the Mediterranean town of Alanya, Lavrov said Russia would continue efforts to allow humanitarian aid into Aleppo, according to a Turkish translation of his comments.

Cavusoglu said he and Lavrov had agreed on the need for a ceasefire in Aleppo and the rest of Syria, although he said Turkey's stance on Syrian President Bashar Assad was clear, Reuters reported.

Russia is a main backer of Assad, while Turkey supports the militants fighting to oust him. The militants have come under siege in eastern Aleppo after rapid advances by Syrian government forces, bringing them to the brink of a major defeat.