Calls to stop operation in Aleppo looks like attempt to shelter militants – Russian Foreign Ministry

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that calls from Western capitals for the cessation of hostilities in Aleppo seem like an attempt to save the terrorists in the city.

Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Calls made by the London and Paris to stop the operation in eastern Aleppo look like an attempt to shelter and spare the terrorists which they are ‘overseeing’ who are on the verge of complete loss in the situation in the city, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

“Growing calls from a number of Western capitals to stop the counter-terrorist operation in Eastern Aleppo seem to be a desperate attempt to shelter and save terrorists and extremists they are ‘overseeing,’ or those who stop at nothing to reach their ill goals, who are now suffering defeat,” the ministry said.

The ministry explained that those terrorists are the ones “who continue to use civilians as human shields, to shell and mine civil infrastructure, humanitarian corridors.”

“Following today’s discussion of a draft resolution on the situation in Syria at the United Nations Security Council, we would like to express bewilderment and profound indignation at Paris’ and London’s propaganda campaign over their alleged concerns over on-going combat operations in Eastern Aleppo, the situation with security of civilians and emergency relief aid deliveries,” the ministry said.

The ministry added that London and Paris are aware that emergency relief aids are already being delivered to the civilians in Aleppo, “and it is being done not in words but in real life by the Russian side.”

The ministry also said that the Russian Defense Ministry, the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties in Syria and the Russian Emergencies Ministry are the ones responsible for delivering the aids to the civilians.

Moscow’s Foreign Ministry also said that it has heard “no words of condemnation from Western capitals” about the recent hospital shelling by militants, in which two Russian medical experts were killed and one was injured.

“We urge our partners to reject a politicized approach and to finally join efforts to curb the terrorist threat in Syria and to seek political ways for the settlement of the Syrian crisis instead of a non-constructive fanning of emotions in media,” the ministry said.

Written by Jim Lemuel Wilson

Jim Lemuel Wilson previously worked for The Manila Times and S&P Global Market Intelligence. He specializes in Middle East affairs and foreign policy. Contact Jim by email.

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