Cautious welcome for Russian withdrawal from Syria

Jo Cox questions the Foreign Secretary on the Russian withdrawal from SyriaBatley & Spen MP Jo Cox has cautiously welcomed Russia’s announcement that it plans a substantial withdrawal of its armed forces from Syria,

Yesterday’s announcement was also welcomed by the UN’s Special Envoy ahead of fresh peace talks in Geneva.

Mrs Cox, who has been praised by MPs on all sides of the House of Commons for her work on highlighting the plight of Syrian civilians, said:

“Russia appears for the first time to be using its influence over the Syrian regime.

“Russia now has a choice – to use its influence for good to help get to a just and lasting negotiated solution; or continue to prolong the suffering of the Syrian people. It is time for Russia to make the right choice.”

Numerous sources claim Russia breached the ceasefire that was put in place last month with indiscriminate air strikes that resulted in the deaths of countless civilians. She raised these concerns in an urgent question in Parliament two weeks ago.

Russia had been responsible for more than half of all civilian deaths caused by foreign air strikes.

Mrs Cox also spoke during a debate today following a further Urgent Question from Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn MP on the Russian announcement in Parliament.

She asked the Foreign Secretary if now was the time to look again at a NATO-backed bombing zone to protect civilians.

You can watch Mrs Cox’s questions to the Foreign Secretary, and his answer, here.

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