Humanitarian ceasefire in Syria 'unrealistic': Russia Feb 09, 2018 0 90 12345 AFPUnited NationsRussia on Thursday dismissed as"unrealistic"a UN appeal for a month-long humanitarian ceasefire in Syria, where four days of government raids have killed scores of civilians."That is not realistic,"Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told reporters."We would like to see a ceasefire, the end of the war, but the terrorists, I am not sure, are in agreement,"he said.The UN Security Council met behind closed doors to discuss the worsening humanitarian crisis in Syria as the death toll from a four-day assault on Eastern Ghouta soared past 200.Sweden and Kuwait requested the talks after the UN humanitarian coordinator for Syria, Panous Moumtzis, called for the month-long ceasefire in order to reach civilians in need.Russia has repeatedly blocked action in the council that would target its Syrian ally.French Ambassador Francois Delattre called for a strong response from the council, appealing for an immediate ceasefire and unhindered access for aid agencies."Eastern Ghouta is experiencing a Middle Ages-style siege. That is totally unacceptable,"Delattre told reporters."In Syria, we are now back to the darkest period of this conflict, with the highest death toll among civilians over the last year,"he deplored.The United States demanded an end to the air strikes, with the State Department saying in Washington:"These attacks must end now."UN aid officials accuse the Syrian government of blocking all aid convoys to besieged areas in January.More than 13.1 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian aid, including 6.1 million who have been displaced within the country during the nearly seven-year war. Pages 12 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Turkey planning to host Syria summit with Russia and Iran Feb 09, 2018 0 1395 US-led coalition claims to kill 100 pro-govt forces in Syria Feb 09, 2018 0 79 Willing to discuss other issues if nuclear deal successful, says Iran Feb 09, 2018 0 71 Iran rebuffs 'false'Bahrain bombing accusation Tehran: Iran rejected an accusation by Bahrain that it was involved in an oil pipeline bombing in the Sunni-ruled kingdom, accusing its rival of making"false claims". Bahrain said Wednesday that it had arrested four men .. Death toll 200 in Syria raids on rebel area Jisreen: Four days of ferocious Syrian government raids on the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta have killed more than 200 civilians, a war monitor said on Thursday. Syrian government troops have since Monday waged .. US joins UN for a ceasefire demand in Eastern Ghouta Agencies Washington The United States demanded Thursday that the Syrian regime and Russian forces put an end to their latest round of air strikes and alleged chemical attacks against besieged civilians. In a statement .. US goal in Syria to capture economic assets: Russia MOSCOW: Russia's defence ministry said on Thursday the ultimate goal of the United States in Syria is not to fight Islamic State but to seize economic assets, according to the Interfax news agency. It also said Syrian .. Turkey dismisses French criticism of Syria operation as 'baseless' Ankara: Turkey on Thursday dismissed France's claims over civilian losses in Ankara's ongoing Syria operation, labelling them"unfortunate"and"baseless"accusations."It is being seen with regret that ..