Thursday, 6 October 2016

Stephen Cohen on Syria and Ukraine - 10/04/2016

The latest important interpretation from Stephen Cohen and John Batchelor.

Tales of the New Cold War: Options on the Syria Table

Stephen F. Cohen, NYU, Princeton University,

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The US has cut off contacts with Russia on a Syrian truce, giving up hopes of restoring a ceasefire, as a Russian-Syrian aerial bombing campaign intensified its focus on destroying hospitals in rebel-held areas.

Washington also pulled out military personnel who had been dispatched to work with their Russian counterparts to mount joint bombing operations against Islamic State and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS, formerly Nusra Front) extremist groups.

A few hours earlier, Moscow declared military contacts with the US had also stopped and Vladimir Putin suspended a six-year agreement with Washington on the reduction of military stocks of plutonium, as the bitter differences over Syria and Ukraine continued to drive a downward spiral in the US-Russian relationship…”

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland will join U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Brussels, Belgium on October 4, where he will deliver a speech hosted by the German Marshall Fund on transatlantic relations.

She will then travel to Moscow, Russia, to meet with senior Russian government officials to discuss the situation in eastern Ukraine and next steps to implement the Minsk agreements in support of the Normandy countries and the Trilateral Contact 

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