Truce could be established in Aleppo according to Russian Foreign Minister

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said a truce could soon be established in Aleppo, Syria, following talks with the U.N. Special Envoy for Syria in Moscow.

Meanwhile, U.N. Syria Envoy Staffan de Mistura said a faltering truce in Syria must be ‘brought back on track’ as fierce fighting continues around the city.

CCTV’s Julia Lyubova reports from Moscow.

Truce could be established in Aleppo according to Russian Foreign Minister

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said a truce could soon be established in Aleppo, Syria, following talks with the U.N. Special Envoy for Syria in Moscow.

Lavrov said a ceasefire in Aleppo could be reinforced quickly after fighting which has seen more than 250 people killed in a week.

“Now the Russian and the U.S. military finalize agreements on a ceasefire regime in the city of Aleppo. I hope that in the nearest future, probably in the next few hours, such a decision will be announced,” Lavrov added.

The U.N., Russia and the U.S. have been working towards a deal to include Aleppo in the so-called ‘regime of calm’. But Lavrov said moderate opposition groups must separate themselves from Al-Nusra, which has been declared a terrorist organization by the U.N. and leave areas where the jihadists were being targeted.

Staffan de Mistura says that would be a major boost for peace efforts.

“If, as we all hope, there will be some type of confirmation that even Aleppo will be returning into a cessation of the hostilities status, than one could imagine, all us meanwhile will be restarting and pushing also for the humanitarian access and for the inter-Syrian talks,” de Mistura said.

Diplomatic efforts are being made by the U.N., Russia and the U.S. to contain the bloodshed in Syria.