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    EU 'Wouldn't Mind' Taking Credit for Russo-Syrian Victory in Aleppo

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    The West still cannot reconcile itself with the Russo-Syrian win in Aleppo. Now when the city has been liberated, some Western politicians are seemingly trying to take credit for the victory scored by Russia, Damascus and Iran, Russian political analyst Andrei Koshkin told Radio Sputnik.

    It seems that the West "wouldn't mind" becoming a "father" of the victory scored by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) backed by Russia and Iran in Aleppo, Andrei Koshkin, Head of Department of Political Science and Sociology at Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, told Radio Sputnik.

    "As the saying goes, 'Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan'," Koshkin noted.

    The SAA's operation to liberate eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo has ended, the Russian Defense Ministry signaled Friday.

    Facilitating the peaceful resolution of the conflict the Russian Center for Reconciliation has carried out an operation to evacuate militants and their families from eastern Aleppo.

    According to the Russian Defense Ministry, 9,560 people including 4,435 militants and 5,125 women and children were evacuated from eastern Aleppo in the course of the operation.

    Amid the alarm raised by the mainstream media over alleged "atrocities" committed by the SAA in Aleppo, the Russian Embassy in the UK published a comment on the humanitarian situation in the city on its official website.

    "We hear a lot of concerned voices in Western capitals about the suffering of the civilians," the statement says, "but there's no real action coming from them in terms of providing emergency humanitarian aid. The time has come to go from words to actions, if those whose hearts bleed for the humanitarian plight of the Syrian population are truly committed to it."

    The statement contained details of the Russian humanitarian operation in Aleppo.

    "In order to avoid casualties, particularly among civilians, hostilities have been suspended, and fighters and their families started leaving eastern Aleppo on December 15. In accordance with the agreement, all members of illegal armed groups leaving Aleppo are guaranteed safety," the statement reads.

    The Russo-Syrian humanitarian operation in Aleppo is "a thought-out policy pursued by Damascus and Russia… to save human lives and stop the bloodshed," Koshkin told Radio Sputnik.

    "We [Russia] have repeatedly offered to establish humanitarian corridors [in Aleppo], including those for insurgents. Unfortunately, they [militants] refused to jump at the opportunity and continued to resist, using civilians as 'human shields'. Now [Russia and Damascus] are taking every effort to stop the bloodshed and neutralize the humanitarian catastrophe," Koshkin underscored.

    The Russian analyst noted that the West still cannot reconcile itself with the Russo-Syrian victory in Aleppo and prefers to overlook Moscow's efforts to overcome the crisis on the ground.

    "We don't just voice our position; we are demonstrating to the world how one should save the people's lives. But the West doesn't like it. They seek to incite hysteria over Aleppo and create a story of 'Russia's aggressive intentions'. They do whatever it takes to pursue this goal: they summon ambassadors, make statements on the necessity to stop all military actions [on the ground] — to save militants which will be used not only as an alternative to the [democratically] elected government of Bashar al-Assad, but as force to overthrow the government and drag Syria into chaos," Koshkin emphasized.

    However, what is more interesting is that voices are beginning to emerge claiming that the West is the major source of the humanitarian aid for the Syrians.

    Speaking at the European Summit Thursday EC President Donald Tusk claimed that while the Syrians suffer from the "brutality of the Syrian regime and its supporters, notably Russia and Iran" the EU "will exert pressure on global players who are present in Syria" to save the lives of Aleppo residents.

    "The aim is clear: the immediate opening of humanitarian corridors to allow aid into Aleppo, and for civilians to be evacuated safely under neutral, international supervision," Tusk said completely overlooking the fact that Russia, Damascus and Iran's humanitarian operation is already up and running at the moment.

    "This is an attempt to create an image of being peacekeepers and to take credit for what Russia, Syria and Iran are actually doing," the Russian analyst explained, commenting on Tusk's statement.

    Now when the Islamists are destroyed and the territory of Aleppo is liberated, there are those who want to take credit for this, he noted.

    "As the saying goes, 'Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan' and it seems that the EU wants to become such a 'father'," Koshkin concluded.

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