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Aid drops over Syria too risky for 'sitting duck' planes, says Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has said aid drops over Syria are too great a risk under current conditions, warning transport aircraft would be "sitting ducks".

The Foreign Secretary said Russia has deployed its most advanced jet fighters and surface-to-air missiles inside Syria, noting this makes it impossible for Britain to carry out aid drops without Russian permission.

He said even with Russian permission British aircraft would still have to fly over hotly contested areas of Syria, with armed groups including Islamic State "making every effort to shoot down a British plane".

Mr Johnson also accused Russia of blocking the evacuation of those who are injured and medical staff from leaving areas of Aleppo, as he urged them to initiate an immediate ceasefire.

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