GENEVA – The Latest on Syrian peace talks in Geneva (all times local):
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says that Russia sees no reason to stop its airstrikes in Syria.
"The goal of the operation is to defeat the terrorist organizations the Islamic State and Nusra Front. I don't see any reason why the air campaign should be stopped as long the terrorists are not defeated," Lavrov said Wednesday in Muskat, Oman, the state news agency Tass reported.
As food and medical aid heads for a besieged, rebel-held suburb of Damascus, Syrian government forces and their allies are pressing forward in a powerful offensive in northern Syria in an apparent bid to encircle the country's biggest city, where various rebel groups control many neighborhoods.
Damascus-based spokesman for the International Committee for the Red Cross says an aid convoy is on its way to the besieged rebel-held town of Moadamiyeh, southwest of the Syrian capital.
Pawel Krzysiek tells The Associated Press that 12 trucks carrying food, medicine and medical equipment are expected to be distributed to residents of the town on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Krzysiek said 14 trucks of aid were delivered the besieged rebel suburb of al-Tal.
The aid delivery appears to be an attempt toward a goodwill gesture after U.N.-mediated indirect peace talks got off to a rocky start in Geneva this week.
The Syrian opposition has dismissed the deliveries as too small and demanded an end to the bombardment of civilians in order for the Geneva talks to go forward.