Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey and Russia search for Syria cease-fire formula

Turkish and Russian officials on Thursday held talks on the deteriorating conditions in eastern Aleppo but gave no indication they were close to a cease-fire as Syrian government forces pushed on with their assault on the beleaguered, rebel-held enclave.

Turkey and Russia, who are backing opposing sides in the Syrian conflict, only said they agreed on the need for a cease-fire. Syrian opposition fighters, meanwhile, acknowledged the most they could hope for was humanitarian assistance to the besieged enclave, home to an estimated 275,000 people.

U.N. Humanitarian aid chief, Jan Egeland, said Thursday at least 27,000 people have fled from eastern to western Aleppo or nearby...