Russia might be bending after Aleppo carnage
PRESSURE is mounting on Russia to co-operate with Western efforts to stop the carnage in the Syrian city of Aleppo, which has been subjected to intensive bombardment for about 10 days.
US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is in Geneva for talks aimed at salvaging the failed "cessation of hostilities" in Syria, has reportedly prioritised stopping the bloodshed in Aleppo.
With hundreds of people having been killed by the air strikes, the Syrian opposition has threatened to abandon the talks if the bombing does not stop.
"We are talking directly to the Russians, even now," Mr Kerry said as he arrived in Geneva.
Addressing the UN Security Council later, Mr Kerry said Russia's co-operation was required.
"These are critical hours," he said.
After initially refusing to pressure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad into stopping the bombing of Aleppo, Russia appears to be shifting its stance.
The BBC quoted a Russian official as saying on Sunday that "active negotiations" were taking place to establish a "regime of calm in Aleppo province".