Syrian crisis: US, Russia agree on “one-week truce in Aleppo

Syrian crisis: US, Russia agree on "one-week truce in Aleppo
A child killed by Assad-Russian airstrikes in Aleppo

French sources said that a team of U.S. experts was currently in Moscow to receive from the Russians a pledge that could secure a truce of 5 to 7 days in Aleppo, Asharq al-Awsat reported. Russia

Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault was informed by his U.S. counterpart John Kerry about the truce.

The sources said talks between Washington and Moscow have reached their “final stage,” with the possibility of announcing a certain agreement in the coming days.

However, Paris was not convinced by Washington’s reassurances, saying that although the international community has pledged to achieve a political transition in Syria by August 1, France has to admit that it did not produce an effect.

France also warned that no breakthrough was possible if violence continue in the city of Aleppo, which it said, is about to witness a humanitarian disaster. Russia

Official French sources concerned by the Syrian file told Asharq Al-Awsat that Paris was not comfortable with the mysterious Russian-U.S. agreement and Washington’s long-term plans.

In his fiery comments, Ayrault called on Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to take measures to “urgently restore the ceasefire and to ensure humanitarian access to all areas.”

More than 450.000 Syrians were killed during the past 5 years according to UN estimates, and 12 millions were driven out of their homes. 7 million Syrians are now refugees around the globe.