08:47 GMT04 August 2021
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    UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Tuesday he expressed concern to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov over the situation in Syria.

    LONDON (Sputnik) – Over the recent months, Aleppo has been a major battleground in Syria, engaging government forces, jihadists, and numerous opposition groups. Eastern Aleppo is held by militants, encircled by government forces, and the fighting has affected thousands of civilians still trapped in the city.

    "During call to Russia FM Lavrov I reinforced concern over their action in Syria. Russia must use its influence to stop assault on Aleppo. Also urged Russia FM Lavrov to address humanitarian situation in Syria and allow aid into Aleppo," Johnson wrote.

    In October, a humanitarian pause was introduced in Aleppo to ensure the safe evacuation of civilians and unarmed militants from eastern parts of the city through designated corridors. That pause collapsed when the militants from the Jabhat Fatah al Sham, previously known as al-Nusra Front attacked civilians, preventing them from fleeing the city.


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