EU demands ‘immediate’ halt to Russia strikes on moderate Syrian rebels

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Syrian president bashar al Assad and Russian president Vladimir Putin with bloodied hands.
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Syrian president bashar al Assad and Russian president Vladimir Putin  with bloodied hands.
Syrian president bashar al Assad and Russian president Vladimir Putin with bloodied hands.

The EU demanded Monday the “immediate” halt of Russian air strikes against moderate Syrian rebel groups, adding that a lasting peace was impossible under Moscow-backed President Bashar al-Assad.

“The recent Russian military attacks that go beyond Daesh (Islamic State) and other UN-designated terrorist groups, as well as on the moderate opposition, are of deep concern and must cease immediately,” the EU’s 28 foreign ministers said in a statement.

“There cannot be a lasting peace in Syria under the present leadership,” it added.

AFP

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