An official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, Major-General Igor Konashenkov has told that humanitarian convoys can be directed in two directions in Aleppo.
An official representative of the Russian Defense Ministry, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, told which routes can be used by humanitarian convoys in Aleppo.
According to him, one of the routes can be sent from the Turkish city of Gaziantep to the eastern districts of the city of Aleppo on the Castello road, while another one – to the western areas of the city.
In addition, he said that the Russian Defense Ministry is ready to support an offer of Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, on the introduction of a weekly 48-hour ‘humanitarian pause’ to confirm the safety of cargo delivery to civilians in the Syrian city.
“The Russian Federation is ready to assist in the coordination of security issues of the UN humanitarian convoys during its passing through the territory controlled by the government troops,” Konashenkov said.
He also stressed that that the Defense Ministry expects similar guarantees from the US during convoys’ passing through the territories controlled by the so-called moderate opposition.
The Major-General clarified that a precise date and time of the humanitarian corridors’ opening will be determined after receiving a confirmation of the security guarantees from the American partners.
Of course, humanitarian pauses are a good thing. But the question of how this will be implemented remains open. How to ensure the delivery of aid only to civilians, but not to terrorists? Several days ago, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, said that the previous 72-hour humanitarian pause, announced by Russia and the US, resulted in “a slight relief of the humanitarian situation” and “increasing the number of terrorists by 7,000 people, not to mention the huge amount of weapons and ammunition.” Is Russia consistent in its statements, or, maybe, it is just a public play?
On July 28, Russia and Syria announced the launch of a large-scale humanitarian operation in Aleppo. In its framework, the city population receives food, medicines and other forms of assistance. Also, four humanitarian corridors were opened. Three of them are used by civilians for leaving the city, while the fourth one is intended for terrorists, who decided to lay down their arms.
As the First Deputy of the Chairman of the Council of the Federation Committee on Foreign Affairs, Vladimir Jabbarov, told to the Izvestiya newspaper earlier, after this, an operation to clean up Aleppo from the remaining terrorists should be launched.