Russia and the US are near the joint military action against militants in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Monday said Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.
Military analysts from the west two years ago, when the army of Syrian President Assad began to focus on the Aleppo province with the same name of the capital, from 2014 controls almost two-thirds, warned that its occupation will be a major military success for Damascus and twist in the Syrian conflict.
Fighting in the city intensified after militants attempted to break the siege of the quarters that are under their control, and thus failed to connect in some cut settlements.
“We are currently in a very active phase of negotiations with our US counterparts. Step by step we approach the plan, I mean just to Aleppo, which will really allow people to return to their homes in the devastated country”, said Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in an interview with Russian television, reported by news agency RIA.
Shoigu says that about 700.000 people are still in Aleppo, which before the war in 2011 there were 2.2 million people, and that those who live in the eastern part of the city are hostage to armed groups who are not enabled to use humanitarian corridors which are opened in July by the Syrian government army.
Statement of Shoigu so far has not officially commented by the United States, but in the our media is characterized as a surprise, given that Russia and the US in Syrian conflict supporting confronted sides. Moscow supports his longtime ally, President alavit (Shiite) Bashar al-Assad, while Washington influenced by the Sunni Arab monarchies of the region support Sunni armed opposition and require it to depart from the position.
Russian Minister Sergei Lavrov for foreign policy, earlier on Friday in Yekaterinburg at a news conference with German counterpart Frank-Walter Shtainamer said that Syria militants took advantage of the achieved truce to regroup in Aleppo.
At the same time Russian Deputy for foreign policy, Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said to reporters that Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia must have a more active role in resolving the Syrian crisis.
“They need to sit down at the table and negotiate”, said Bogdanov, adding that on Tuesday will meet with representatives of the Syrian opposition in the Qatar capital, Doha.