Kremlin regrets world's 'modest' response to attack on Russian hospital in Aleppo

07 December, 2016, 00:15 | Author: Evan Mason

Smoke rises after rebel fighters launch a mortar shell on residential neighborhood in west Aleppo, Syria, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. The government seized large swaths of the Aleppo enclave under rebel control since 2012 in the offensive t.

With all of Aleppo in regime hands, Assad and his two key allies should be able to absorb any change in USA policy on Syria and hold the high cards in any US-backed peace initiative aimed at halting the conflict.

Nor is there any sign of a lessening of largely covert U.S. support for rebel forces outside Aleppo where the Islamic State (ISIS) is the prime target, particularly in northern Syria where anti-regime Kurdish groups are strong.

Secretary of State John F. Kerry said he plans to meet with his Russian counterpart later this week for further talks on a proposal for the rebels' departure from Aleppo that was first discussed Friday.

Russia is criticizing what it says has been a "more than modest" worldwide reaction after two Russian army medics were killed in what the Defense Ministry said was the rebel shelling of a field hospital in the Syrian city of Aleppo. He said several were killed under government bombardment.

The advance came as Moscow and Washington traded barbs over stalled efforts to end fighting in the city, where forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have made significant advances since last week.

Russian Federation and China, meanwhile, have vetoed a resolution calling for a 7-day ceasefire in Aleppo - with Moscow pointing out that previous pauses have only enabled the terrorists to re-group and re-arm.

"Those who refuse to leave nicely will be destroyed", Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters in Moscow, speaking of the Syrian rebels.

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The United States is discussing with Syrian rebels their surrender and evacuation from Aleppo, as Russian Federation on Tuesday threatened the imminent "elimination" of anyone who refuses to leave the city.

The most recent offensive has left more than 341 people dead in east Aleppo, including 44 children, the Observatory says.

They also condemned the indiscriminate bombing of eastern Aleppo by Russian-backed Syrian forces and reiterated their calls for a humanitarian pause in the fighting, a step that Russian and Chinese diplomats vetoed Monday at the United Nations.

The Russian Defense Ministry said two female army medics were killed and a third medic was seriously wounded.

More than 300 civilians have been killed in the assault, while government-held western Aleppo has suffered scores of deaths as a result of rebel rocket fire.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said the Kremlin regrets a "more than modest" reaction by the global community following the deadly attack on a Russian military hospital in Aleppo on Monday.

Syria rejects any ceasefire negotiated by any party in rebel-held eastern Aleppo unless what it describes as terrorist groups there depart, its Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday in a statement carried by state media.


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