5 Things Everyone Needs To Know About Russia's Position On Syria (by Ambassador Yakovenko for RT)
1. On 18 October, the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria and Syrian Air Force ceased airstrikes against terrorists in Aleppo. In coordination with the Syrian authorities Russia continues to take measures to overcome the dramatic humanitarian crisis in Syria. A new humanitarian pause will be declared in Aleppo on 4 November to ease the intensity of confrontation and allow civilians to exit from areas of combat operations. There are 6 humanitarian corridors arranged for the civilians with posts with hot meal and first medical aid, and 2 corridors are opened for the fighters withdrawing from the city with weapons. These efforts echo the initiative of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Syria Staffan de Mistura to allow “al-Nusra” fighters out of eastern Aleppo.
2. Last week, terrorists opened fire 63 times against western areas of Aleppo with mortars and Hellfire systems. As a result of these attacks, 127 civilians were killed and 254 wounded, including children. Moreover, on 30 October, the rebels fired shells fitted with poisonous substance: two Syrian military servicemen were killed, and 37 civilians were wounded. A group of specialists of the nuclear, biological and chemical protection scientific center of the Russian Armed Forces has arrived in Aleppo to investigate.
3. The terrorists have done all they could to prevent civilians and members of smaller terrorist groups from leaving eastern Aleppo. In the meantime, Russian-organised centres offering free food, medicines and living essentials continue their operations in various areas in Syria. We also appreciate other countries’ fair share of contribution. Last week, a Russian military transport aircraft delivered from Serbia to Syria the first batch of humanitarian cargo intended for needy civilians. This included more than 40 tonnes of canned food, flour, vegetable oil, clothes and medicine. Russian military will airlift this aid to the most war-ravaged populated localities.
4. We are deeply concerned with some officials, media and NGOs operating unfounded allegations against Russian Air Force in Syria, which are absolutely unacceptable as they are not supported by facts and serve to protect “al-Nusra” and other rebels groups that are mixed up with the terrorists. Russia officially requested our Western partners, who blamed us for striking “not at the rights targets”, to coordinate military efforts against terrorists. We received a decisive refusal to those proposals.
5. Russia continues to underline that the destruction of terrorists is the first part of the task that the international community should implement in Syria in accordance with UN Security Council mandate. The second is the launch of a political process, development of a new constitution and holding of democratic elections in that country. Within last 24 hours, truce agreements have been signed with representatives of 2 inhabited areas of the Latakia province. With assistance of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic the total number of inhabited areas, the leaders of which had signed reconciliation agreements, has reached 879. These are the deeds.