The main condition for the introduction of a new “humanitarian pause” in Aleppo must be a willingness of the UN humanitarian mission in Syria to arrange delivery in the Eastern quarters of the city humanitarian assistance and the evacuation of the wounded and sick out of there. This is stated in the statement of the official representative of the defense Ministry major General Igor Konashenkov, which was made available .
“The Russian defense Ministry is ready to consider the introduction of a new “humanitarian pause” at any time that representatives of the UN humanitarian mission in Syria officially confirm their willingness and ability to deliver to Aleppo humanitarian aid and evacuate out the wounded and sick civilians,” — said Konashenkov.
On 18 October, defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that Russian and Syrian air force to cease strikes on Aleppo, to guarantee the safety of civilians and to evacuate the wounded from the Eastern parts of the city. Ten days later, the Russian defense Ministry asked the President of Russia Vladimir Putin to resume airstrikes from the militants ‘ offensive.
On 4 November on behalf of Putin in Aleppo was declared the new “humanitarian pause”, which was supposed to last ten hours. For the release of militants willing to lay down their arms, opened two corridors to output civilians — six of the corridors.
On the same day, 4 November, U.S. state Department spokesman John Kirby criticized “humanitarian pause” in Aleppo. According to him, the Syrian people and the residents of Aleppo “will definitely not feel any benefits from it.”
In the Russian defense Ministry responded to the criticism of the state Department, saying that Moscow and Washington have different understandings of what humanitarian aid to Aleppo. As stated by the official representative of the Ministry Igor Konashenkov, the Russian side is the delivery of food and medicine, and the United States considers a “humanitarian pause” to deliver in the Eastern part of the city “columns of trucks […] accompanied by mortars of large caliber.”
Konashenkov noted that only in recent months Russia has taken in Aleppo by more than 100 tons of food, medicines and basic necessities, while the USA has not delivered the Syrians “bread crumbs”.