ALEPPO: Russia declares new humanitarian pause, Lavrov demands US compliance

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November 3, 2016 – Fort Russ News – 

TV Zvezda  reports – translated by J. Arnoldski – 

A humanitarian pause in the Syrian city of Aleppo has been declared by Russia and Syria for November 4th from 09:00 to 19:00. 

The Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Valeriy Gerasimov, stated: “In order to avoid senseless victims, the Minister of Defense of Russia, General Sergei Shoigy, on behalf of the Supreme commander of Chief, Vladimir Putin, has taken the decision to introduce a humanitarian pause in Aleppo on November 4th from 9 in the morning to 19 in the evening.”

According to Gerasimov, this decision has been agreed upon with the leadership of the Syrian Arab Republic. 

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated on his visit to Athens, Greece that Russia expects concrete results from negotiations with the American side on regulating the situation in Syrian Aleppo. 

According to the minister, Moscow counts on Washington carrying out agreements and not acting as it did with the Syrian agreements from September 9th. 

Lavrov is convinced that there is still no alternative to joint work on regulating the Syrian crisis. For dialogue, Washington will need to reconsider its attitude towards Moscow, he stressed. 

Lavrov stated: “Our problems began once the US saw that we will not salute them every time we discuss some kind of international problem with them and when they saw that President Putin is restoring the independence of our foreign policy strictly in the framework of international law.”

“No one in this world can do anything alone anymore, therefore one has to negotiate anyway. The sooner this happens, the better,” the foreign minister added.

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Lavrov also noted that channels of communication with the Americans in Syria are still in tact. 

A map of the humanitarian corridors open for militants and civilians to leave designated Aleppo areas during the humanitarian pause has been released by the Ministry of Defense of Russia: 

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