U.S. Threatens To End Diplomatic Talks With Russia On Syria If Aleppo Offensive Continues

Thursday, September 29, 2016
By Paul Martin

By Baran Hines
SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

The United States announced it is prepared to suspend “bilateral engagement” with Russia for a solution to end the Syria proxy war if the Syrian government forces continue offensive operations, Department of State spokesperson John Kirby said Wednesday. Secretary of State John Kerry told his counterpart Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Russia needed to take immediate action to influence the Syrian government forces to stop military operations in the strategic city of Aleppo, according to Kirby.

Spokesperson Kirby refused to give a specific date for a deadline on when the Syrian military operations needed to cease by to prevent further US action. Kirby also declined to give details when asked multiple times by reporters about what a U.S. response would look like if Russian officials were unwilling or unable to influence the Syrian government forces to stop fighting and honor the ceasefire agreed to by Russian and U.S. officials.

“The policy is we continue to support a diplomatic solution to this rather than a military one. But that doesn’t mean that as a government, that doesn’t mean that we aren’t still discussing other options and alternatives that might be available to us,” Kirby said.

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