Russia accuses US of siding with 'terrorists' in Syria

10 October, 2016, 02:01 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Russia accuses US of siding with 'terrorists' in Syria

Steinmeier is expected to meet with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Jerusalem on Friday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who spoke by phone Thursday, said Russian Federation, the Syrian government's chief backer on the global stage, bears "special responsibility to calm the violence and thereby give any chance to a political process", according to a statement released by Merkel's office.

They stress no recommendations have been presented to the White House.

"The consequences, I think, to Russian Federation, as well as to the [Assad] regime will begin to be felt as a result of "plan A" not being implemented because of Russia's actions", he said.

US Ambassador Samantha Power described the escalation as "the most savage week we've seen in an incredibly savage five-plus-year war", with more than 1,000 people killed by 1,700 air strikes on rebel-held east Aleppo alone. Some US officials are already suggesting war crimes have been committed.

A senior State Department official sought to assure skeptical lawmakers that Russian Federation is at risk of becoming mired in Syria if the civil war rages on, a prospect that gives the United States an upper hand as it pressures Moscow to end attacks in the besieged city of Aleppo.

"We can not regard these statements as anything else but a call for action", Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova responded Thursday at a briefing. The Russian-backed bombing of Aleppo intensified after a ceasefire collapsed 10 days ago. "Indeed, but this is only going to get worse if the civil war gets worse as a result of their actions", Blinken said.

State Department spokesman John Kirby said on Wednesday that us officials involved in the interagency process that deals with national security had discussed other Syria options "that don't revolve around diplomacy".

Syrian Civil Defence forces dug a young girl out from under rubble in an amateur video said to be filmed in Aleppo's al Shaar neighbourhood yesterday.

Privately, US defense officials are emphasizing that there is no internal planning for military action at the Pentagon.

They say there must be a formal policy decision before they can even assemble new options for the President, and there is no indication that President Barack Obama has asked for them.

John Kerry clearly stated that Russian Federation considers the United States and their partners responsible for this situation, especially the use of incendiary bombs in the city.

Peskov's remarks came one day after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry held a phone conversation on Syria.

German Focus Magazine made an interview with a Jabhat al-Nusra leader on 19th of September before targeting the humanitarian aid convoy, saying the terrorist organization would not allow the convoy to access Aleppo, threatening of detaining the truck drivers if the convoy entered the city without the permission of the organization.

The battle for Aleppo has sparked a sharp exchange between Russian and American officials, as the city itself faces a growing humanitarian crisis.


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