Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that the United Kingdom’s claims that Moscow in interfering with the process of delivering humanitarian aid to the Syrian city of Aleppo in groundless.
The Russian envoy also said that Britain should stop interfering with how Russia is supplying aid to the country, especially since it does not provide any supply of its own.
“All this time, residents of eastern neighborhoods [in Aleppo] have been receiving daily humanitarian aid, medicine and warm clothing from the Russian Center for reconciliation and the Syrian government,” Konashenkov said on Saturday.
“The United Kingdom, in the course of all the years of civil war in Syria, has not allocated a single gram of flour, a single pill or blanket to help civilians,” the Russian official added.
Konashenkov also claimed that “amid russophobia, the British government has lost an objective perspective on what is happening in Syria, including in Aleppo.”
The spokesman also emphasized that “if there is no British humanitarian aid for Aleppo, stop getting in the way of others’ help.”
Konashenkov’s statement was a response to the statement by the spokesperson of UK Prime Minister Theresa May, saying that Moscow was allegedly stopping supplies to Aleppo because it would not agree to a ceasefire to allow its safe passage.
Eastern Aleppo is currently encircled by government troops, and the fighting has affected thousands of civilians still trapped in the city.
There have also been several ceasefire agreements over the past few months between the parties that are playing part in the operations to liberate the city. However, the agreements for the cessation of hostilities have essentially failed.
The Syrian government has been battling rebel forces for more than five years. Several countries, including Russia and the United States, are also helping out the operations against the militants.