Russia to consider UN ceasefire in Syria
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said Moscow will consider supporting a UN Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire in Syria if it does not cover fighters from the Islamic State group and the al Qaida-linked Levant Liberation Committee.
Mr Lavrov's statement comes amid a dire humanitarian crisis in the eastern suburbs of the Syrian capital Damascus.
Syrian opposition activists and paramedics reported a fresh round of violence on Thursday as bombing in rebel-held eastern Ghouta left 13 people dead.
Mr Lavrov said in comments relayed by Russian news agencies that Russia is proposing the wording for the UN resolution that would exclude IS, the al Qaida-linked group as well as unspecified "groups that co-operate with them and systematically shell residential areas of Damascus".