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Charges against Moscow, Damascus cause indignation — source

December 02, 2016, 8:42 UTC+3 GENEVA

Russia is ready to discuss the UN’s inclusion in the assistance to residents of the freed districts of Aleppo

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GENEVA, December 2. /TASS/. Sweeping charges addressed to Moscow and Damascus over the situation in Aleppo bring up indignation, a diplomatic source well familiar with the activities of workgroups affiliated with the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) said on Thursday.

As he summed up the results of a yet another meeting of the workgroup on humanitarian issues, which took place on Thursday, the source said the Russian side had reaffirmed its readiness to discuss the modality of the UN’s inclusion in the assistance to residents of the freed districts of Aleppo.

Along with it, he said the unconstructive and even hostile position of some countries - France in the first place - "towards Russia’s efforts to render assistance to residents of the districts that were freed from terrorists, as well as to the internally displaced persons."

"Instead of bringing aid to the needy ones, instead of reining in the opposition, local councils and the militants, over which a number members of the group have influence, they continue hurling ungrounded accusations at Moscow and Damascus over alleged violations of international law norms and circulate the fakes Western newspapers are filled with," the source said.

"These champions of the struggle for the interests of Aleppo residents haven’t moved a finger to help the people of Aleppo in practical terms to cope with the problems left over after the four years of Jabhat al-Nusra’s rule in the eastern districts of the city," he said.

"Russia continues active collaboration with the International Red Cross, the UN humanitarian agencies and the office of the UN Secretary General’s special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura as regards an urgent large-scale humanitarian aid to the people who live in the areas of eastern Allepo, which have been liberated from the militants."

"We’re glad to say the Red Cross and UN officials offered a positive response to calls from the Syrian and Russian sides," the source said.

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