Kerry Says US to Seek Long-Term Solution to Aleppo Crisis in Meeting With Russia

© AP Photo / Hassan AmmarSmoke rises after rebel fighters launch a mortar shell on a residential neighborhood in western Aleppo, Syria
Smoke rises after rebel fighters launch a mortar shell on a residential neighborhood in western Aleppo, Syria - Sputnik International
The United States hopes to come up with a long-term solution to mitigate rampant military crisis in Syria’s city of Aleppo during the upcoming meeting with Russian officials in Geneva, US Secretary of State John Kerry said during his remarks at the French Embassy in Washington, DC.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov discussed efforts to reach a ceasefire in Aleppo during their bilateral meeting in Hamburg, Germany.

"Tomorrow, I will have a team from America under president Obama's direction be in Geneva together with the Russians, and we will, I hope, come to some kind of an arrangement where we can see how civilians might be protected," Kerry stated on Friday. "My hope and my goal in all of this is not just to have a temporary thing, but to get both sides, all the parties to the table in Geneva."

Syrian men walk past a poster bearing a portrait of President Bashar al-Assad in the capital Damascus, on February 27, 2016, as the first major ceasefire of the five-year war takes hold and an international task force prepares to begin monitoring the landmark truce - Sputnik International
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The situation in Aleppo has been seriously deteriorating over the recent months. Thousands of citizens are believed to be trapped in the terrorist-besieged eastern parts of the city with no access to food or water. There have been several attempts to establish a ceasefire, however, the bids have failed.

The Syrian civil war is ongoing since March 2011, with different countries, regional powers and terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State and Jabhat Fatah al Sham (formerly known as Nusra Front) fighting the Syrian Army in order to topple the legitimate government of President Bashar Assad.

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