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    Russia Explains to Foreign Diplomats Position on Aleppo Humanitarian Aid

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    Russian Defense Ministry on Thursday explained to foreign diplomats Moscow's position on humanitarian corridors to assist the civilians in northern Syrian city of Aleppo, the ministry said in a statement.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said 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, and said that Moscow offered the international organizations working in Syria to join this operation.

    "A special emphasis was put on explanation of Russia's approach to establishing humanitarian corridors, creation of meal sites and first-aid centers to Aleppo's civilians. A call to inform their capitals about the initiative of the Russian defense department and to consider the possibility to provide necessary help to the Syrian population was directed to the foreign military representatives," the statement said.

    The military attaches also received information about the preparations to the forthcoming International Army Games competition.

    The ministry held a meeting for more than foreign military attaches from 30 countries accredited in Russia at the Russian Armed Forces’ Patriot Park in Kubinka, a western suburb of Moscow.

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