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.
It was only three weeks ago that the secretary of state committed a perfect Washington gaffe, complaining that media coverage of terrorism is making life difficult for him and the administration he serves: “Perhaps the media would do us all a service if they didn’t cover it quite as much. People wouldn’t know what’s going on.”