Due to Russia’s indirect support to Syrian troops as it bombed Aleppo to clear it of US and Saudi-sponsored rebel groups, the United States had announced it would be rescinding its contact against Russia.
According to a statement from Secretary of State John Kerry from the United States, the country is furious at repeated airstrikes against rebel-held areas of Aleppo. The casualties were of majority women and children.
The US accuses Russia of “failing to live up to its own commitments” under international law.
The United States said that halting talks for both Syrian opposition and regime was “not a decision we took lightly.”
A statement accused Russia of being “unwilling or unable to ensure Syria regime adherence to arrangements to which Moscow agreed”.
“Rather,” the US said, “Russia and the Syrian regime have chosen to pursue a military course inconsistent with the cessation of hostilities, as demonstrated by intensified attacks against civilian areas, targeting of critical infrastructure such as hospitals, preventing humanitarian aid from reaching civilians in need.”
In response, Russia has said it regrets America’s decision, insisting it has been attempting to sustain the agreement and throwing the accusation back at the White House.
“After failing to fulfill the agreements that they themselves worked out, they are trying to shift responsibility on to someone else,” said Russia’s foreign ministry.