Russia vowed on Thursday to move forward with its military operations in Syria, brushing aside the Obama administration’s threat to sever talks if Moscow continues its assault on Aleppo.
Secretary of State John Kerry warned his Russian counterpart on Wednesday the U.S. would suspend bilateral engagement in Syria unless Moscow works to end the assault on Aleppo and restores a ceasefire in the war-torn country, according to the State Department.
House Democrats called on the Obama administration Tuesday to continue diplomatic negotiations aimed at ending the Syrian civil war despite the recently failed effort with Russia.
President Obama said that the crisis in Syria “haunts me constantly” during an interview with Vanity Fair published Wednesday.
U.S. intelligence agencies believe that Russian aircraft conducted the attack on a humanitarian aid convoy in Syria on Monday, refuting Secretary of State John Kerry’s initial statement that it was likely the Syrian government.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) lashed out at the Obama administration on Tuesday following reports that the White House spearheaded efforts to kill a Democrat-backed bill to sanction embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to comments provided to the Washington Free Beacon.
The United Nations confirmed that air strikes hit aid convoys near the besieged city of Aleppo on Monday, hours after the Syrian military declared that the week-long ceasefire brokered by the U.S. and Russia was over.
The Syrian military announced Monday that the seven-day ceasefire negotiated by the United States and Russia is over, charging that rebel groups undermined the truce without saying if it would be reinstated.
An international inquiry has identified two Syrian Air Force helicopter squadrons and two other military units it holds responsible for chlorine gas attacks on civilians, a Western diplomat told Reuters.