Russian Humanitarian Initiative in Aleppo Viewed With Suspicion by US

© REUTERS / Ammar AbdullahPeople inspect a site hit by airstrikes in the rebel held town of Atareb in Aleppo province, Syria, July 25, 2016
People inspect a site hit by airstrikes in the rebel held town of Atareb in Aleppo province, Syria, July 25, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Without additional details, the United States sees Russian humanitarian initiative in Syria as a demand for the country’s opposition to surrender, the US embassy in Syria stated on its Twitter on Friday.

Unloading Russian EMERCOM plane with humanitarian aid which arrived to Latakia Airport in Syria. File photo - Sputnik International
UN Special Envoy for Syria Welcomes Russian Humanitarian Initiative in Syria
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Thursday that Moscow and Damascus had launched a joint large-scale humanitarian relief operation in Aleppo, establishing three corridors for civilians and one for militants wishing to lay down arms. He said Russia offered international organizations working in Syria to join this operation.

“W/o [without] further clarification, Russian announcement on humanitarian corridors appears to be demand 4 [for] surrender of oppo [opposition] grps [groups],” the twitter said.

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said on Friday the United Nations welcomed Russian humanitarian initiative in Syria.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) expressed readiness to provide assistance to the civilians, who decide to leave Syria's Eastern Aleppo. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said they were interested in this approach, warning that an estimated 250,000 people were still trapped in the east of Aleppo.

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