The calls for a ceasefire in Aleppo by France and the UK looks like an attempt to protect jihadist forces, the Russian foreign ministry said on Monday.
“Growing calls from a number of Western capitals to stop the counter-terrorist operation in Eastern Aleppo seem to be a desperate attempt to shelter and save terrorists and extremists they are ‘overseeing,’ or those who stop at nothing to reach their ill goals, who are now suffering defeat,” the ministry said. “It is they who continue to use civilians as a human shield, to shell and mine civil infrastructure, humanitarian corridors,” the ministry continued.
The ministry then continued by highlighting the “propaganda campaign” being conducted by Paris and London.
“Following today’s discussion of a draft resolution on the situation in Syria at the United Nations Security Council, we would like to express bewilderment and profound indignation at Paris’ and London’s propaganda campaign over their alleged concerns over on-going combat operations in Eastern Aleppo, the situation with security of civilians and emergency relief aid deliveries,” the ministry said.
The ministry statement then stressed the importance of the Russian aid campaign to assist civilians.
“Our ‘worried’ French and British colleagues cannot but know that such aid is already being delivered to Aleppo’s population and it is being done not in words but in real life by the Russian side, in particular by the Russian defence ministry, the Russian centre for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria at Hmeimim and the Russian emergencies ministry,” the Russian foreign continued.