France, Germany Slam Russia over Aleppo Air Strikes

تم نشره في Wed 19 October / Oct 2016. 11:00 PM
  • Merkel and Hollande, heads of state; Germany and France

AMMAN — The leaders of France and Germany late Wednesday lashed out at President Vladimir Putin over Moscow's bombardment of Syria's Aleppo.

At the end of EU summit held Wednesday in Berlin between the three leaders, French President Francois Hollande said: "What is happening in Aleppo is a war crime, one of the first demands is that the bombardments by the regime and its (Russian) backers must end." Turning to a planned ceasefire due to begin in Aleppo later on Thursday morning, Hollande said that Putin appeared to be ready to extend the truce, set to last for 11 hours. "We came out of the meeting with the impression that there could be an extension of the truce, but it's up to the Syrian regime and Russia to show it," he said.

A truce of just a few hours would not be enough to deliver the necessary humanitarian aid and allow civilians to leave the area, Hollande added.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel also condemned the air raids on Syria's second city as "inhumane and cruel".

Following the summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters he had expressed Moscow’s readiness to extend the humanitarian ceasefire in Aleppo for as long as needed.