Obama, Merkel slam Russia, Syrian government airstrikes on Aleppo
United States President, Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have slammed airstrikes by Russia and the Syrian government on the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.
A statement by the White House today said Obama and Merkel agreed that Russia and the Syrian government bear special responsibility for ending the fighting in Syria and granting the UN humanitarian access to besieged and hard to reach areas in Syria.
Meanwhile, a Russian newspaper reported today that Russia is sending more warplanes to Syria to further ramp up its campaign of air strikes, as Moscow defies global censure over an escalation that Western countries say has ruined diplomacy.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, also said at a conference that the U.S. is “on the verge” of calling off talks with Russia over military cooperation in Syria after the failure of the ceasefire. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov in response blamed Washington for failing to fulfill its obligations and commitments.
The World Health Organization says fighting in Aleppo has killed three hundred and thirty-eight people since the twenty-third of September, including one hundred and six children, and eight hundred and forty-six have been wounded, including two hundred and sixty-one children.