US trying to shift blame by suspending cooperation on Syria: Russia

In a sharp deterioration of relations, the US on Monday suspended diplomatic contacts with Russia over Syria.

By: Reuters | Moscow | Published:October 4, 2016 2:32 am
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The United States is trying to shift blame onto Russia by suspending cooperation with Moscow over a ceasefire in Syria, Russian news agencies cited foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying on Monday.

Zakharova added that Washington had not fulfilled key aspects of a ceasefire deal brokered with Moscow. Russia had taken steps in recent days to sustain that deal, Zakharova said.

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In a sharp deterioration of relations, the US on Monday suspended diplomatic contacts with Russia over Syria, while Moscow halted cooperation on a joint program for disposal of weapons-grade plutonium.

The US move followed a threat last week from Secretary of State John Kerry after new Russian and Syrian attacks on the city of Aleppo. The State Department said Russia had not lived up to the terms of an agreement last month to restore the cease-fire and ensure sustained deliveries of humanitarian aid to besieged cities.

“This is not a decision that was taken lightly,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. “Unfortunately, Russia failed to live up to its own commitments … and was also either unwilling or unable to ensure Syrian regime adherence to the arrangements to which Moscow agreed.”

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    Alan Parker
    Oct 3, 2016 at 9:20 pm
    The next move by the Americans will be to get their slavish minions in Turkey to enter into a conflict with Syria. They will then ride into the conflict as saviours of the Turks. Some very obscure and unheard of Arab and Turkish papers have started reporting that one person was killed in Turkey today due to Russian/Syrian strikes. Don't hold your breath, this is the next step.
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    Reginald Bowler
    Oct 3, 2016 at 10:16 pm
    Why isn't the the USA only attacking IS, and not the Fatah al-Sham Front, previously known as the Nusra Front, or any other of extremists, or those openly allied with them?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The USA, it seems, deems these people useful tools for getting rid of the Syrian government.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Now that the Russians are attacking the extremists in earnest, there're howls of outrage from the US, and, I'm ashamed to say, the UK.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Were these extremists to leave Aleppo, there would not be a problem there. However, it appears that they want to stay in Aleppo, using the civilians in the part they control as human shields. They also bombard the government-held (civilian!) areas. No comment on that!
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