Humanitarian pauses in the Syrian city of Aleppo will resume only when the UN provides guarantees of a full ceasefire and allows the access of aid convoys as well as the evacuation of the wounded, Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson Major General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.
“No one from the UN has come to us with such guarantees so far,” the Russian spokesman said.
The statement was given in response to a senior adviser to UN Special Envoy for Syria, Jan Egeland, who said that humanitarian pauses could start again next week.
ISIL militants have planted bombs close to humanitarian corridors and open fire at anyone who approaches, while civilians trapped inside the city are being used as “live shields.”
Given these circumstances, terrorists are most likely to use pauses to restore their battle capabilities, Konashenkov concluded.