Moscow’s criticism of the Turkish shelling in northern Syria comes as opposition groups and western leaders are urging Russia to stop the air campaign around Syria. Despite an agreement that a ceasefire should start later this week which requires all conflict parties to scale down fighting, the Russian air strikes have shown no sign of abating.
The Russian government claimed on Monday that its Aleppo campaign was not subject to the ceasefire. “We fight against terrorist groups — ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra and others connected with al-Qaeda. Strikes on objects of terrorist groups will continue in any case, even if we succeed in agreeing on a ceasefire in Syria,” deputy foreign minister Gennady Gatilov told German magazine Der Spiegel.