(TASS) NATO is urging Russia to stop strikes on Syria’s Aleppo, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday upon arrival at the North Atlantic alliance’s defense ministerial meeting.

“Russia has the right to operate in international waters. We have seen before the deployment of Russian naval ships and also the Russian carrier group to the Mediterranean. And we have also of course seen before port visits of Russian ships also to NATO ports. So this has happened before,” Stoltenberg said.

“The thing which is different this time is that we are concerned about the possibility that the Kuznetsov carrier group can be used as a platform for more attacks against Aleppo and Syria, and thereby exacerbating the humanitarian catastrophe we already see in Aleppo and Syria,” he said.

“And therefore we are following this more closely and we are concerned about the potential of increased Russian airstrikes against Aleppo,” Stoltenberg said.

“It is up to each and every nation, each Ally, to decide and it’s a decision to be taken by individual Allies whether they provide fueling and supplies to Russian ships. But this time I have conveyed a very clear message that we are concerned about the potential use of this carrier group to increase attacks against Aleppo,” he said while commenting on refueling of Russian warships in Spain on the way to the Mediterranean.

“It is up to each nation to decide. That has been NATO policy for many, many years. But we are concerned about the potential use of this carrier group to increase attacks on Aleppo. And I know that all Allies are aware of our concerns. And they also expressed concerns themselves regarding the Russian attacks on Aleppo,” Stoltenberg said.

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The western part of Aleppo, Syria’s second largest city, is under control of government forces. The eastern part is held by various armed groups, including militants of the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization banned in Russia.

According to United Nations assessments, eastern quarters of Aleppo have no more than 8,000 fighters of the opposition and about 900 militants from al-Nusra. The Syrian army is blocking them to force them to leave the city.

The West accuses the Russian and Syrian militaries of nonselective bombings of Aleppo, including strikes on hospitals. Moscow considers the accusations ungrounded. The Russian military say they deliver only targeted strikes on previously verified targets beyond residential neighborhoods.

Humanitarian pauses were on around Aleppo on October 20-22 inclusive, fire was ceased from 08:00 to 19:00. Eight humanitarian corridors were overall opened for withdrawal of militants and civilians from the city.

The aircraft carrier group of the Russian Northern Fleet started an expedition to Northeast Atlantics and the Mediterranean Sea on October 15.

According to the Northern Fleet’s press service, the group includes Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, Russian battlecruiser Pyotr Veliky, large ASW ships Severomorsk and Vice-Admiral Kulakov and supply vessels. The expedition aims to ensure Russia’s naval presence in the World Ocean’s operationally important areas.

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Nuno Cardoso da Silva

If Stoltenberg is so concerned about the safety of the Syrian people, then maybe the NATO countries shouldn’t have stirred a civil war in Syria and shouldn’t have armed the terrorists who are responsible for most killings there. Now that the Russian and Syrian military are close to defeating the savages and reestablishing peace and security in Syria, Stoltenberg is coming to shed all those crocodile tears…The hypocrisy of it all…

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Assad’s relentless bombing of Syria combined with the Wests constant support for the “moderate” Rebels (even though most are no longer secular anymore), has ruined Syria 🙁

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The difference is that Assad has no other choice to do his job as his country is under attack : these are not rebels and this is not a civil war : 360k shithadists and mercenaries entered Syria through Turkish border, it’s a full army!

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I guess yeah.

And i forgot to mention evil Saudi Arabia and Qatar too of course.

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Dave Price

The syrian war is over the islamists have had all there routes to sneak in weapons and fighters greatly reduced. With the SAA now gaining new ground villages and towns through amnesty. When aleppo falls there will be a situation where the Syrian/Rus axis will first have to close the advance of turkey and the states from setting there eye on the so called caliphate al Raqqa. As its obvious the NATO forces want to drag syria into another swamp but ive faith Syria/Russia have there plans down

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Barely any were secular. Heard of the Muslim Brotherhood? Btw don’t go blaming Assad if you have any respect for CHristians.

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It’s usually your job… Relentless bombing. Englishmen killed the most people in the history of the world. India, NZ, Australia, America, Africa. Only relentless killing.

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Cyriak Papasissis

NATO provided these mad dogs & misfits from 80 different countries with provisions and satellite images, so that they could reach behind the defenses of the Syrians , and destroy world heritage site Palmyra , behead the hero archaeologist Khaled Assaad, who remained by his life’s work & denied to leave. NATO ‘s crocodilian tears do not convince. NATO has no more reason to exist . It transformed itself into a destabilizing aggressor.

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Does he cares about US air-strikes in Syria?
US-led coalition killed 300 civilians in just 11 air strikes in Syria, Amnesty International report finds
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/us-coalition-civilian-casualties-syria-military-air-strikes-aleppo-amnesty-international-a7380581.html

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Anyway, Russians wouldn’t have problems to send more ground based Sukhois or Migs into Syria.
Add to this that Russia cancelled the demand for refuelling in Spain. IMHO, they’ll do it in Algeria (Algeria ordered Flankers and ships from Russia), diesel may even be cheaper there…

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Aircrafts use diesel as a fuel? OK…

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This guy is a real imbecile. Anglozionists are really desperate.