The Russian defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that the Russian and Syrian military ahead of schedule stopped airstrikes on Aleppo. According to him, it is necessary for the introduction of the “humanitarian pause” in the region, which will start functioning on Thursday, October 20.
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The head of the defense Ministry told journalists that the air strikes the HQs of the Russian Federation and the Syrian air force in Aleppo was stopped with 10am. In this regard, Shoigu urged countries with influence on armed groups in Eastern Aleppo, to convince their leaders to stop fighting and leave the city, reports TASS.
To implement this plan 20 October from 8.00 to 16.00 (GMT) will be declared a special “humanitarian pause”. “The beginning of the “humanitarian pause” Syrian troops would withdraw to a distance, allowing the militants to freely leave Eastern Aleppo with weapons specially created for the two corridors: the first – on the road to Castello, the second – in the area of Souk El-Hai,” said the Minister. In addition, another six corridors will be open to civilians.
Shoigu also said that all who are interested in soonest stabilization of the situation in Aleppo, should go to the real steps, and not “continue to engage in political demagoguery,” reports RIA Novosti.
That Russia unilaterally declared an eight-hour cease-fire in Aleppo, reported earlier, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin. However, he noted that more than a long “humanitarian pause” will require “some mutual agreement”.
According to Churkin, at a closed meeting of the members of the UN Security Council concerning the situation in Aleppo, the parties discussed the need to separate groups of the moderate Syrian opposition terrorist group “Dzhebhat EN-Nusra” (banned in Russia). Otherwise, said the Ambassador, the periods of the cease-fire will be only a “breathing space” for terrorists, and genuine reconciliation will not be achieved.
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