Russia will not ask Syrian regime to halt Aleppo raids: Moscow

The damaged Al-Quds hospital building (R), pictured following airstrikes on the rebel-held neighbourhood of Sukkari in AleppoRussia will not ask the Syrian regime to halt air raids on the war-ravaged city of Aleppo, as it believes they are helping to combat jihadist groups, Moscow’s foreign ministry said Saturday. “No, we are not going to put pressure on (Damascus) because one must understand that the situation in Aleppo is part of this fight against the terrorist threat,” Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told the Interfax news agency. Aleppo, capital of the northern province of the same name, is a key battleground and of vital strategic significance to both sides in the Syrian civil war.

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