Commenting various proposals of “humanitarian ceasefires” in Aleppo city, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that short-term truces had helped terrorists resupply munition and get reinforcements.
“The main issue is not that there’s anyone unwilling to alleviate the humanitarian situation, but it is of utmost importance that terrorists would not be getting reinforced with militants, guns and munition supplies under the humanitarian aid disguise,” Lavrov said.
Lavrov reminded that Russia and the US had managed to enforce 48/72-hour truces in various parts of Syria before.
“The main results of those pauses was an insignificant relief in the humanitarian situation, while terrorists added 7,000 people to their ranks, not to mention huge amounts of arms and munitions they received,” he emphasized.
The Russian FM added that a Western plan to drop supplies from the air does not appear very realistic and said that such a step should be agreed upon with the official Syrian government.
The remarks were made at a press conference that followed a meeting with Germany’s Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, at Urals Federal University in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg on August 15.
Steinmeier opposed Lavrov and said that Russia has a “special responsibility for Aleppo, especially when it comes to providing humanitarian access” and urged for a longer ceasefire in Aleppo city:
“Aleppo residents are going through a real humanitarian catastrophe.”
“The city is constantly shelled, this cannot continue. We need to have a constant humanitarian corridor.”