The Minister of foreign Affairs of France Jean-Marc Ayrault called on Tuesday 29th November, an urgent meeting of the UN security Council to discuss the situation in Aleppo, Syria. “More than ever we need to take urgent measures for the cessation of hostilities and unimpeded access of humanitarian assistance”, – quotes Reuters the statement of the foreign Minister.
At the same time, a French diplomatic source told the Agency 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 will take place on Tuesday. In General, the negotiations leading European Ministers will be devoted to the implementation of the agreement on cease-fire in Eastern Ukraine (the so-called Minsk agreement).
Earlier Tuesday, the Russian Centre for reconciliation the warring parties in Syria
reported that the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over the past day is completely liberated from the militants of 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.
The activity of Russia and the Syrian army in Aleppo worries the West, where it is called the fighting in the region “war crimes”. Some politicians offer to take drastic measures. Thus, 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 Russia.
On the eve of the American newspaper the Washington Post reportedthat U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry is trying, despite the imminent end of his mandate with the arrival of the White house the new administration of U.S. President in January 2017, to achieve from Moscow of the termination of the siege of Aleppo in exchange for the separation of the Syrian opposition from members of the organization “Jabhat Fatah al-sham”, which insurgents will have to leave the Eastern part of Aleppo. It was reported that the head of the state Department is in regular contact on this issue with the Minister of foreign Affairs Lavrov.
At the same time, one of the sources suggested that Russia is not interested in such a transaction and deliberately stalling to either take Aleppo under control with the help of the fighting, or wait until the new administration elected on 8 November the President of the United States Republican Donald trump will offer more favorable terms for settlement.
The Russian foreign Ministry publication WP called “last year’s snow” and “a gross simplification of what is happening” during negotiations Russia and the USA on the situation in Aleppo. The Department stated that the contents of the agreements between Moscow and Washington is to ensure that “the American side in this particular situation, seeks to exchange one thing for another.”