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    Putin Declines Russian MoD's Request on Need to Restart Airstrikes in Aleppo

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin declined the Russian General Staff's request to renew airstrikes on militant positions in eastern Aleppo in Syria, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, the Russian General Staff asked Putin to allow renew airstrikes in Aleppo.

    "You know about our General Staff statements about the need to resume airstrikes in Aleppo in connection with terrorist activities. The Russian president considers it inappropriate at the present time to resume airstrikes on Aleppo," Peskov told reporters.

    Russia reserves the right to use all means at its disposal to render the needed assistance to the Syrian armed forces in the fight against terrorists when needed, Peskov said.

    "Russia reserves the right to use all means it has to provide support to the armed forces of the Syrian Arab Republic when it is absolutely necessary to prevent provocative acts by terrorist groups."

    Putin believes the humanitarian pause in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo needs to be extended, Peskov said.

    "The president believes it is possible to extend the humanitarian pause to evacuate the wounded and for militants who want to leave to exit the city, and in order to enable our US partners to fulfill their promise and commitment to separate the so-called moderate opposition from terrorist groups."

    On October 20, the humanitarian pause was introduced in the embattled city of Aleppo to ensure the safe evacuation of civilians from eastern Aleppo via eight designated corridors.

    During the humanitarian pause, al-Nusra Front terrorist group, recently renamed as Jabhat Fatah al Sham, prevented civilians from fleeing the city, attacking them. On Sunday, the government forces started offensive in the south of Aleppo after the end of the humanitarian pause.


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