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Syrian army gaining control of Aleppo eastern quarters — diplomat

November 30, 2016, 12:43 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman says the more progress is made in Syria, the louder are the allegations of some Western politicians and officials against Moscow and Damascus

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MOSCOW, November 30. /TASS. The Syrian army is gradually gaining control of eastern quarters in the Syrian city of Aleppo, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.

"The Syrian army is gradually seizing control of the eastern quarters of Aleppo. Overall, it has been able to drive out illegal armed formations from 14 residential areas," the spokeswoman said.

"We are noting the success of the Syrian authorities in the search for ways to cease the armed stand-off," the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said.

Moscow is prepared for cooperation with humanitarian agencies over Syria, she went on.

"Unlike others, we do not intervene in the internal affairs of Syria," Zakharova said. "We reaffirm our readiness to cooperate with humanitarian agencies over Syria. We are adamant humanitarian matters should not become a tool to conduct a policy of pressures and flirtation with terrorists."

 West’s geopolitical plans fail

The diplomat stressed the calls of some politicians and officials to introduce new sanctions against Moscow come amid the failure of the West’s geopolitical plans in the Middle East.

The diplomat noted the success of Syrian authorities in searching for ways to end the armed standoff.

"The agreements are being prepared on peaceful settlement in Al-Tall, where a committee of 200 people is expected to be set up to maintain order," Zakharova said. "Syria’s authorities have already unblocked the road between Damascus and At-Tall through which foodstuffs and medical supplies are to be sent."

The more progress is made in Syria, the louder are the allegations of some Western politicians and officials against Moscow and Damascus and also their calls to introduce new sanctions against Russia and Syria, Zakharova stressed.

"It is evident for us that some individuals are deeply disappointed by the failure of their geopolitical plans in the Middle East. They try to bite head off directly or through mass media outlets," she added.

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