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Russia ‘edging closer’ to deal with US on Aleppo

Fighting for Aleppo has become the focal point of the nation’s civil war, now in its sixth year

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Russia’s defense minister says Moscow and Washington are edging closer to an agreement that would help defuse the situation in the besieged Syrian city Aleppo.

Sergei Shoigu said in remarks carried Monday by Rossiya 24 television that “step by step, we are nearing an arrangement, I’m talking exclusively about Aleppo, that would allow us to find common ground and start fighting together for bringing peace to that territory, that long-suffering land so that people could return to their homes.”

Aleppo was once Syria’s commercial capital. Fighting for the city has become the focal point of the nation’s civil war, now in its sixth year.

Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian military’s General Staff speaks at a briefing in Moscow, Russia, on Monday, April 11, 2016. (File photo: AP)
Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian military’s General Staff speaks at a briefing in Moscow, Russia, on Monday, April 11, 2016. (File photo: AP)