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Russia says humanitarian ceasefire in Syria 'unrealistic'

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today 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 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 met behind closed doors to discuss the worsening humanitarian crisis in as the death toll from a four-day assault on Eastern Ghouta soared past 200.

and requested the talks after the UN for Syria, Panos Moumtzis, called for the month-long ceasefire in order to reach civilians in need.

has repeatedly blocked action in the council that would target its Syrian ally.

French 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 demanded an end to the air strikes, with the State Department saying in Washington: "These attacks must end now."

UN aid officials accuse the 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.

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 01:00 IST