While in Germany propose to introduce sanctions against Russia in connection with the promotion of Syrian troops in Aleppo with the support of Russia and France require an urgent meeting of the UN security Council to discuss the cessation of hostilities in the besieged city, Britain calls for more international pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin over the situation in Syria. British Prime Minister Theresa may believes that it is therefore necessary to respond to Russia’s support for indiscriminate attacks on civilians in Aleppo.
The head of the British government said following a bilateral meeting with Polish Prime Minister Beate Szydlo, and a number of high-ranking representatives of his Cabinet of Ministers, writes The Guardian. “We must recognize the increased assertiveness of Russia, and I think it is very important that we work together to deal with this,” said may.
The British Prime Minister said that during the talks with colleagues discussed the importance of this approach in a situation with Ukraine. “As for Syria, we want to make sure and work with a regime that ensures that the indiscriminate bombing of civilians will stop,” explained may. In the present circumstances, in her opinion, it is very important to exert pressure on Russia at the international level in order “to recognize that its behavior in Syria on the part of the indiscriminate bombing of the civilian population and their support is unacceptable”.
Earlier, defense Minister of Britain Michael Fallon said he expects from the elected President of the United States Donald trump’s opposition to Putin, despite the Pro-Russian rhetoric of the Republican during the election campaign. “I think we need to distinguish between campaign rhetoric elected President of trump and what he does in practice. In practice, every us administration defended its interests to Russia,” – said the defense Minister on BBC Radio 4. “We do not offer to stop talking with Russia, but what you can’t do is treat Russia as an equal partner, as is usually the case in business,” – said Fallon.
– Times: “Britain, Poland and the Baltic States are starting to look isolated in its determination to confront the Kremlin”
Earlier Tuesday, foreign Minister of France Jean-Marc Ayrault called for an urgent meeting of the security Council of the UN for a speedy end to the fighting in Aleppo. “More than ever we need to take urgent measures for the cessation of hostilities and unimpeded access of humanitarian assistance,” – said the head of the French foreign Ministry. At the same time diplomatic sources in France told Reuters that Ayrault and his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, together with Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will discuss the situation in Aleppo during the meeting in Minsk, which is scheduled for Tuesday.
It is too early to take measures in connection with the worsening situation in Syria proposed in Germany. The Chairman of the Bundestag Committee on foreign Affairs Norbert röttgen and the Deputy from the party “Union-90/Green” Francis Brantner demanded from Brussels to impose new sanctions against Russia in connection with the promotion of Syrian troops in Aleppo with the support of the Russian Federation.
The defense Ministry denied the statements of the West about a large number of civilian casualties in connection with the operation of the forces of Assad in Aleppo
While Western countries accuse Russia of supporting the offensive of the Syrian army in Aleppo, during which, according to monitoring organizations killed civilians and destroyed civilian targets in the defense Ministry, these accusations are systematically rejected.
The official representative of Department major General Igor Konashenkov on Tuesday afternoon denied reports the United States, Britain and France about the alleged large number of civilian casualties during the operation of the government troops to retake the city from militants, reports “Interfax”. “Amazing blindness strikes our Western colleagues, as soon as it comes to assessing the real situation in Aleppo,” – said the military.
According to Konashenkov, in the course of operation of Syrian troops in Aleppo were released more than 80 thousand civilians, who “served as human shields for terrorists of all stripes”. “That they were allegedly defending all of Western policy. But now it turned out that the release being held hostage by militants more than 80 thousand inhabitants, Aleppo is not included in the plans of the British and French foreign Ministries, us Department of state and
the German Bundestag”, – said the major-General.
Konashenkov said that in recent days the Syrian military has managed to radically reverse the situation in Eastern Aleppo. “In fact, half of the territory occupied by militants in recent years, districts in Eastern Aleppo completely liberated,” said the General.
Earlier Tuesday, the Russian Centre for reconciliation the warring parties in Syria reportedthat Assad’s forces over the past day are completely freed from the militants of the 14 districts in Eastern Aleppo. It was noted that more than 140 insurgents to stop resisting the government army and went on the humanitarian corridors.
Last week, the UN special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura warned that if you continue bombing Aleppo on the same level in the Eastern part of the city can be destroyed by the end of December. In this regard, the representative of the organization called the only solution in this situation, the political discussion about Syria’s future.
De Mistura also pointed to possible changes of the situation in Syria in connection with the coming to power in the United States of trump and his intention “to lead a special type of discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin on how to fight with two internationally recognized terrorist groups DAISH and “An-Nusra” (both group banned in Russia).
The situation in Aleppo deteriorated sharply after the start of the offensive the Syrian army in Eastern parts of the city controlled by a number of groups, including the terrorist headed “dzhebhat an-Nusra”. The offensive was supported videoconferencing Russia. After numerous reports of attacks on civilian objects and civilian casualties flying HQs, according to the defense Ministry, was discontinued.
From 20 to 22 October in Aleppo acted humanitarian pause, which was to give the opportunity to leave the area of fighting civilians. On 23 October, Syrian government forces resumed the offensive South of the city, failing to establish control over the important heights and objects. The Russian defense Ministry earlier claimedthat since Russian aerospace forces and the Syrian air force did not participate in the bombing of Aleppo.