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    Russia's Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said that Russia circulated in the UN Security Council a draft statement on the necessity to separate moderate opposition from terrorists in Syria.

    UN (Sputnik) – Russia circulated in the UN Security Council a draft statement on the necessity to separate moderate opposition from terrorists in Syria, in the light of the halting the airstrikes by the Russian and Syrian forces in Aleppo area, Russia's Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said.

    "We believe, that under these circumstances it is extremely important for the member states that influence the opposition groups in the eastern Aleppo and beyond, to intensify efforts, to separate expeditiously all moderate opposition forces from terrorist entities designated by the Security Council … We have prepared a draft press statement … and hope it will be approved by the members of the [UN Security] Council, " Churkin told journalists.

    Churkin added, that it was also highly important to prevent providing individuals and groups that were associated with the terrorist groups, designated by the UN Security Council, with material and financial support.

    On Monday, Russia announced the humanitarian pause in Aleppo from 08:00 to 16:00 local time on October 20, halting its airstrikes so that civilians could escape the besieged rebel-held eastern districts of Aleppo and aid convoys could safely get through to those who remain there.

    On Tuesday, Russia's Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said that a longer ceasefire in the city of Aleppo was possible, but it has to be agreed on multilaterally.

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    terrorist, opposition forces, opposition, UN Security Council, United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, Syria, Russia
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