The us state Department said that the meeting also discussed the delivery of humanitarian assistance to residents of the Syrian city
U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry and Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov met in Germany to discuss the ongoing bloodshed in the Syrian city of Aleppo amid growing calls for an immediate ceasefire.
“Secretary Kerry met tonight in Hamburg, Germany, with Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. They discussed ongoing multilateral efforts aimed at ending the fighting in Aleppo, as well as the delivery of humanitarian aid to tens of thousands of Syrians who desperately need it,” – said in a brief statement by state Department spokesman John Kirby.
On Tuesday Kerry expressed hope of convincing the Syrian warring parties and their supporters to return to the negotiating table before the besieged Aleppo will be destroyed.
Russia is the main supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Lavrov on Tuesday said that negotiations with Washington don’t work, and said that if the rebels leave the Eastern districts of Aleppo, they will be destroyed.
Meanwhile, the coalition of countries led by the US called for an immediate cease-fire in Aleppo and condemned Russia for obstructing attempts to deliver humanitarian aid to residents.
“Aleppo is exposed to daily bombing and shelling by the Syrian regime, supported by Russia and Iran. Not spared even hospitals and schools. Conversely, it seems to apply focused strikes to get the population into submission. At the sight of dying children toiling heart” – said in a Wednesday statement, the six countries: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, UK and USA.
The leaders of these countries called on the Syrian government to accept the UN plan for Aleppo to let in the city humanitarian assistance.
On Tuesday, Kerry was in Brussels, where in recent times took part in the meeting of foreign Ministers of the NATO countries. He expressed the hope that it will be possible to resume the peace talks between the Syrian regime and the opposition, however, he said, the Assad government is not conducive to this effort.
“We’re trying to find a way to return to the negotiating table, but Assad has never shown any desire to do it, – said Kerry. – Russia says Assad is ready for negotiations… and I want this test”.
Reviews of Russia about the meeting, Kerry and Lavrov has not yet been reported.