Obama and Merkel condemned the “barbaric” airstrikes on Aleppo


President Barack Obama held a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leaders “strongly condemned the brutal air strikes of Russia and Syria in the East of Aleppo, reports Reuters, citing a White house statement.

“They [Obama and Merkel] agreed that Russia and the Syrian regime have a special responsibility for ending the fighting in Syria and provide humanitarian access for the UN surrounded and hard-to-reach areas of Syria,” — said in a statement.

On the eve of U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry has threatened Russia to stop teamwork in Syria, stressing that Russia should aim to stop an offensive in Aleppo and restore the ceasefire. Deputy foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Ryabkov called the US blackmail. “It is impossible to settle and stabilize on that basis. But love cannot be forced. We have our own approaches and their principles,” he said.

On Thursday, the US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power said that the actions of the Syrian army and Russia in Aleppo not only lead to the destruction of the country, but also generate new flows of refugees and the continued radicalization of the local population. “What they do is a gift to Islamic state and al-Nusra Front” [banned terrorist organization. — ] that is, according to their statements, they want to stop,” — said Pauer.

The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova in response, stated that a “gift to terrorists” are “spike Nusra and the “moderate opposition”, the delivery of humanitarian aid to the rebels and bombing Syrian army fighting ISIS”. “But the best of them is the refusal of Washington of cooperation with Russia on the Syrian settlement,” she added, noting that if US threats about the termination of the cooperation “will turn into décor decisions, then more doubts will not be — the White house took the fighters under his wing and terrorist on the streets of the big holiday”.

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