Russia to increase airstrikes on Aleppo to back Syrian army

Russia's military will conduct airstrikes on Aleppo in the "most active way possible" to help the Syrian army defend the area against terrorists, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says.

"We have warned the Americans about what is currently happening in and around Aleppo," Lavrov tells a press conference in Moscow, according to the Interfax news agency.

The Americans "know that we will support the Syrian army from the air in the most active way possible to not allow terrorists to take this territory," Lavrov says.

"The US is not fulfilling its obligations to separate loyal opposition groups from positions of al-Nusra Front," Lavrov says, referring to the Syrian al-Qaeda affiliate.

"Unable to do this, the Americans are saying that the positions of good and bad opposition groups are intermixed, and they are asking us and the Syrian leadership to hold off on airstrikes."

Last update: Mon, 06/06/2016 - 18:49

More from World

Ugandan warlord charged with atrocities tells ICC he was a victim

One of the senior commanders of a Ugandan militia that has been blamed for tens of thousands of deaths portrayed...

South Africa's appeals court overturns ruling allowing euthanasia

South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal on Tuesday overturned a ruling by a lower court granting a terminally ill...

Park says she won't immediately resign if impeached by parliament

Embattled South Korean President Park Geun Hye said that if impeached by parliament later this week, she would wait...

Number of southern Africans needing aid rises by one million

The number of people in southern Africa needing food aid and related assistance has risen by more than a million to...

Five dead and six missing in latest Chinese coal mine accident

At least five people have died in China's fifth coal mining accident in five weeks, officials told the Xinhua news...