Russia wanted delay in Aleppo ceasefire, unacceptable to US -State Dept

December 12, 2016 22:20

The US State Department said on Monday Russia told the United States it wanted a ceasefire to allow civilians leave the Syrian city of Aleppo delayed for several days, a proposal unacceptable in view of the continued attacks on civilians.

"Rather than accepting the US proposal for an immediate cessation, the Russians informed us that a cessation could not start for several days, meaning that the assault by the regime and its supporters will continue until any agreement will go into effect," State Department spokesman John Kirby said at a news briefing in response to a question about weekend talks in Geneva.

"Given the dire situation in Aleppo and the reports of continued attacks on civilians and infrastructure, this was just simply not acceptable."

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