• Maria Zakharova, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman
    Maria Zakharova, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman

Russia, the UN and only a small number of countries are interested to improve the humanitarian situation in Syria's Aleppo, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said.

"Neither Russian, nor Syrian aviation carried out strikes in Aleppo, while terrorists have already begun to shell civilians who want to leave the city," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova said during her weekly press briefing in Moscow, Sputnik reported.

She said that the US is unable to force terorists to withdraw from the Castello road in Aleppo and the US inability to abide by its commitment has caused the crisis in Aleppo.

"The US has still not been able to force the armed opposition to withdraw its forces from Castillo road. This would have opened up humanitarian access to civilians trapped by militants. Nothing has been done for the so-called moderate opposition leaders to distance themselves from ISIL and al-Nusra Front terrorists."

"I would like to emphasize that the difficult situation there has unfolded as a result of the US' failure to comply with its obligations within the framework of the September 9 Russian-US agreements," Zakharova added.

The Russian spokeswoman said that the humanitarian crisis in Syria is caused by illegal Western sanctions against Damascus.



Oct 20, 2016 16:40 UTC