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UN SC worried over possible breakdown of truce in Syria — Russian diplomat

April 13, 6:35 UTC+3
At a meeting of the United Nations Security Council Russia expressed concern over the fact that thousands of gunmen are still crossing into Syria from Turkey.
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UNITED NATIONS, April 12. /TASS/. Some of the members of the United Nations Security Council have voiced concern that aggravation of the situation around Aleppo may call to question the ceasefire regime in Syria, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin told journalists on Tuesday.

He said that at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council Russia expressed concern over the fact that thousands of gunmen are still crossing into Syria from Turkey. In his words, United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura confirmed that the situation around Aleppo deteriorated following an attempted offensive of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists.

"There are some problems around Aleppo and Mr. de Mistura confirmed that it was al-Nusra who launched an offensive in the region of Aleppo which was responded by the Syrian government," he said, adding he doesn’t rule out that not only al-Nusra came under response fire but also those groups that are considered by the American partners as moderate but which did not take enough effort to distance themselves from al-Nusra.

He said the situation there is very difficult and some of the United Nations Security Council members voiced concern that the month-long ceasefire regime might be in jeopardy in case the situation around Aleppo further deteriorates.

In his words, the situation requires keen attention and further cooperation between the Russian and American military and diplomats, as well as efforts of the International Syria Support Group.

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