Putin ready to extend Aleppo truce as France, Germany up pressure

Protesters hold signs during a demonstration in Berlin against the bombing of Aleppo ahead of a meeting of leaders of Russia, France and GermanyRussia’s President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he was ready to prolong a unilateral ceasefire in Aleppo, after tough talks in Berlin where the leaders of Germany and France refused to rule out sanctions against Moscow. Putin said he told the European leaders that Russia was “intending to extend as far as possible” a halt to its air raids in Syria’s second city, in order to allow civilians and rebels to leave the devastated city.

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