Russia calls U.S. to condemn Aleppo attack
If the United States does not directly condemn Belgian airstrikes near Aleppo soon, Russia will consider the bombing a move of the U.S.-coalition forces aimed at protecting the al-Nusra Front, formerly known as al-Qaida’s affiliate in Syria, Moscow’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Wednesday.
The Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Parties in Syria reported earlier that two Belgian fighter jets were noticed over the Hassadjek village near Aleppo on the night to October 18, when an airstrike in the area killed six people and injured four. The report states no Russian or Syria jets were in the area at the time of the attack.
"We are waiting for reaction from the State Department and its tough condemnation of the strikes at civilian targets and the murder of innocent civilians," Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a Facebook post.
Earlier, the U.S. and the European Union accused Moscow and Damascus of possible war crimes in Syria, and especially Aleppo.