the bloody western media can worry about is whether Donald Trump
broke a US embargo on Cuba!
point in U.S pursuing Syria diplomacy with Russia - Kerry
Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday said there is no point
pursuing further negotiations with Russia over Syria, leaving the
Obama administration without a backup plan and scrambling to develop
new options to stop the mounting carnage
are on the verge of suspending the discussion" with Russia,
Kerry said at a public policy discussion in Washington. "It is
one of those moments where we're going to have to pursue other
alternatives for a period of time."
U.S. officials said the United States was expected to inform Russia
on Thursday it was suspending diplomatic contacts on Syria, given the
collapse of a jointly brokered truce on Sept. 19 and the latest
violence in Aleppo.
Wednesday, U.S. officials told Reuters that President Barack Obama's
administration had begun considering tougher responses - including
military options - to the Russian-backed Syrian government's assault
on Aleppo, the country's largest city.
officials said the failure of diplomacy in Syria has left the
administration no choice but to consider alternatives, most of which
involve some use of force and have been examined before but held in
president has asked all of the agencies to put forward options, some
familiar, some new, that we are very actively reviewing," Deputy
Secretary of State Antony Blinken told lawmakers on Thursday, without
giving details. He said officials would "work through these in
the days ahead."
to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Blinken said "all of
the outside patrons are going to throw in more and more weaponry
against Russia. Russia will be left propping up (President Bashar
al-)Assad in an ever smaller piece of Syria."
destruction in Aleppo is so great that the U.S. should be able to
assemble greater international military and logistical support and
training for the embattled rebels, said one U.S. official.
United States and Russia are on opposite sides of the civil war.
Washington has said Assad must "step aside" and has been
backing some opposition groups, while Moscow intervened militarily a
year ago to support Assad.
Thursday, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations called the
assault on Aleppo a gift to the Islamic State extremist group, which
has used the chaos of the civil war to seize chunks of Syrian
Ambassador Samantha Power said what Assad and Russia were doing in
Aleppo was "soul-shattering."
they are doing is sowing not only the doom of this country ... but it
is going to generate more refugee flow, more radicalization,"
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power said. "What they are
doing is a gift to ISIL (Islamic State)."
Washington, some officials questioned whether the United States may
have been played by Russia.
and the White House basically bet everything on the diplomatic track
on the assumption that (Russian President Vladmir) Putin didn't want
Russia trapped in another Afghanistan and would seek a way to avoid
that," said an official privy to the administration discussions.
Russians "were never serious about anything more than the
appearance of negotiations," the official added.
worst part is that they used Kerry's belief in the talks to build up
their forces, give Assad's guys a chance to rebuild and prepare for
what we're seeing now. If you ask me, they played us," the
another official said, the administration once again finds itself
forced to respond to a Russian initiative, as it did in Ukraine and
Crimea and also is doing in cyberspace.
all three areas, this official said, also speaking on the condition
of anonymity, "there are no good options."
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US prepares to tell Russia ‘no more talking’, as Obama prepares war strategy in Syria
The United States is expected to tell Russia on Thursday it is suspending their diplomatic engagement on Syria following the Russian-backed Syrian government’s intense attacks on Aleppo, U.S. officials said on condition of anonymity.
Why now and what happens next? According to US officials, the Obama administration is now considering tougher responses to the Russian-backed Syrian government assault on Aleppo, including military options. According to Reuters, the new discussions were being held at “staff level,” and have yet to produce any recommendations to President Barack Obama, who has resisted ordering military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country’s multi-sided civil war.
However, now that diplomacy with Russia is set to end, this will give the greenlight for Obama to send in US troops in Syria, with Putin certain to respond appropriately, in what will be the biggest military escalation in the Syrian proxy war in its five and a half year history.
‘How dare Russia bomb the ISIS army we spent so much time training and supporting!’
The United States is “on the verge” of ending Syria talks with Russia in response to days of deadly attacks on Aleppo, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.
Kerry said such discussions make no sense at a time when Russian and Syrian warplanes are bombing rebel-held areas of Syria’s largest city. He said the U.S. has no indication of Russia’s “seriousness of purpose.”
Speaking Thursday at the Atlantic Council, Kerry outlined no new approaches for bringing peace to Syria. The Obama administration has made clear it won’t use military force against Syria’s government.
“We’re on the verge of suspending the discussion because it’s irrational in the context of the kind of bombing taking place,” Kerry said.
He appeared to offer Russia another last chance, however.“It’s one of those moments where we’re going to have to pursue other alternatives for a period of time, barring some clearer indication by the warring parties that they’re prepared to consider approaching this more effectively,” Kerry said.
US State Department John Kirby warns Russia. Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova warns John Kirby
US State Department Spokesman, John Kirby says, ‘Russia will continue to send troops home [from Syria] in body bags.
“Extremist groups will continue to exploit the vacuums that are there in Syria to expand their operations, which could include attacks against Russian interests, perhaps even Russian cities.Russia will continue to send troops home in body bags, and will continue to lose resources, perhaps even aircraft.”
“We are working through steps that we might have to take to begin to suspend our engagement with Russia on Syria. We haven’t taken those steps yet.”
“The message to the [Russian] Foreign Minister today was that we are perfectly willing and able to move forward on those steps that would end with the suspension of US-Russia bi-lateral engagement in Syria.”
“There are other nations that have influence. We have admitted that not all opposition groups on every single day have abided by it, and we have continued to work with them on that.”
“And those [acts of terrorism] will be perpetrated by ‘moderate’ [Syrian opposition groups]?”
“Just the ones that Washington has been unable to separate from Al-Nusra for as long as six months?”
“[What about] Terrorist attacks in France, America and other countries; the beheadings of people of all nationalities by Islamic State militants in Syria – is this all kind of a different paradigm? Perhaps another ‘parallel reality?’
“Don’t you think that such ventriloquism about ‘body bags,’ ‘terrorist attacks in Russian cities’ and ‘loss of aircraft,’ sounds more like a ‘get ’em’ command, rather than a diplomatic comment?”
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Thursday that the US statements on the suspension of cooperation with Russia on Syria amount to blackmail.
“It’s a policy of threats and blackmail, aimed at imposing solutions favorable to US and its clients,”Ryabkov told RIA Novosti. “It’s impossible to reach a settlement and stabilization on such basis. But there’s no winning love by force. We have our own approach and principles,” he added.
Lavrov told Kerry that the US has long promised to separate the rebels from terrorists, citing a recent interview of an Al-Nusra commander, revealing how the group is receiving outside support, including American weapons. He also told Kerry that a number of US-backed groups are working side by side with the Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front.
Russia is fully ready to continue the dialogue with the US regarding joint actions to combat terrorists in Syria, the Russian Ministry of Defense has said. It stressed, however, that this is only possible if Washington abstains from “any hints of threats to Russia’s military and citizens.”
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