Russian has not been using combat aircraft in Syria’s Aleppo for 16 days already upon the orders of President Vladimir Putin, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told a video conference on November 1.
“We have not been using warplanes in Aleppo for 16 days following the order of the commander in chief of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation,” he said.
The Russian Aerospace Fores halted their airstrikes on Aleppo on October 18.
Shoigu added that the start of the political process in Syria has been postponed indefinitely because of the actions of the “moderate opposition” in Aleppo. He said that “militants shoot dozens of civilians every day for trying to approach the humanitarian corridors [opened by Russia and Syria in the city].”
“Is that the opposition it is possible to hold negotiations with? To eliminate terrorists in Syria, it is necessary to work together rather than put a spoke into partners’ wheel. The gunmen use this for their own benefit,” Russia’s defense minister said.