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US State Department Has Nothing to Say about Aleppo after Its Liberation from Terrorists

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John Kirby, a spokesman for the US State Department, could not comment on the withdrawal of militants from the Syrian city of Aleppo.

US State Department Has Nothing to Say about Aleppo after Its Liberation from Terrorists

State Department spokesman John Kirby speaks to the news media in April, 2016 (Photo: European Pressphoto Agency)

Spokesman for the US State Department, John Kirby, could not confidently answer, when he was asked whether militants have left the Syrian city of Aleppo.

“It’s unclear to us as well, so I don’t think we can say definitively one way or another,” Kirby said during a daily briefing on Wednesday in response to a request for comment on reports that “the last rebels have left the city.”

Meanwhile, he also expressed concern about the fact that monitors allegedly do not have an opportunity to do their job.

“We have been concerned that UN monitors have not been allowed in to do exactly that, to try to see for themselves what the situation is and who might be left and who might still need to go,” Kirby added.

The spokesman for the US State Department also responded negatively to the question whether he is aware of supplies of the humanitarian aid to the Syrian city of Aleppo.

“I’ve seen no reports of aid getting in. I mean, as of coming out here, I’m not aware of any aid still getting in to the people of Aleppo,” he said, answering to the relevant question of a journalist at the briefing.

Earlier, talking with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu expressed his appreciation to Belgrade “for the Serbia’s political support of our initiative to conduct a humanitarian operation in Aleppo, as well as for sending a consignment of the humanitarian aid to Syria.”

“Serbia, not in words, but in fact confirmed its readiness to help Syrian people in a difficult time for them,” Shoigu said at an informal meeting with Vucic.

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