Turkey has expressed concerns over the Russian military’s alleged use of cluster and phosphorus bombs to target civilians, calling on Moscow to halt its attacks and contribute to a political transition in the Arab republic.
The statement followed increased concern over intensified military operations conducted by the Russian army and government forces especially around Aleppo that have been hitting civilian targets, including schools, hospitals and mosques.
“Similarly, the U.N. secretary-general’s special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has drawn particular attention to these attacks and the bombings of besieged areas right before or after humanitarian aid reaches those locations and underlines that the targeting of civilians does not provide any possibility for talks for a political solution,” it said.
The use of all kinds of weapons and ammunition by a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, such as Russia, against the Syrian people and civilians can never be acceptable in the name of humanity, the ministry said.
“Our hope is that Russia will immediately reverse its mistake, stop its attacks against the Syrian people and contribute to the realization of a genuine political transition in Syria based on the will of the people,” it said.