MOSCOW, Dec. 06 (Press Shia Agency) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that militants who refuse to leave Syria’s Aleppo under the US-Russia deal will be eliminated.
The Russian foreign minister said that the Russia-US agreement on the withdrawal of militants from Aleppo has not been formalized yet.
“Firstly, the fact that the militants have refused says nothing as there’s nothing they can refuse yet. The Russia-US agreement has not been formalized yet.” Lavrov said that the US withdrew its proposals on Aleppo and promised to make new ones.
Washington has notified Russia that consultations on Aleppo cannot begin Wednesday.
The current US administration fails to hold “serious talks” on Aleppo.
On Monday, Lavrov said that rebels who refuse to leave eastern Aleppo will be equated to terrorists.
On December 3, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow was ready to send experts to Geneva as soon as possible to agree with US colleagues on joint actions which will allow all militants without exception to leave eastern Aleppo, and allow non-interrupted humanitarian deliveries. Over recent months, Aleppo became major battleground in Syria, engaging government forces, jihadists, and numerous opposition groups. Eastern Aleppo is currently encircled by government troops, and the fighting has affected thousands of civilians still trapped in the city. Previous internationally mediated ceasefires have collapsed as militants continued attacks and opposition failed to expel al-Nusra Front, which is now known as Jabhat Fatah al Sham and outlawed in Russia, from the city.
SPUTNIK/Press Shia Agency