The United States stopped the talks with Russia on resolving the situation in Syria, where since 2011, the ongoing civil war. The statement presented on the website of the US state Department.
“This decision was very difficult. The USA sent all the efforts for negotiations and an attempt of implementation of agreements with Russia aimed at reducing the violence, securing humanitarian aid and the fight against terrorist organizations in Syria, including Islamic state and al-Qaeda” (both prohibited on the territory of the Russian Federation – Approx. NEWSru.com)- said the American foreign Ministry.
According to the state Department, U.S. withdraw its staff, which was to participate in the creation of a Joint Executive center. The American military will continue to use the channels of communication with the Russian Ministry of defense, which are used to prevent incidents while carrying out anti-terrorist operations to prevent conflict situations in Syria.
The U.S. state Department explained the decision in Washington that “Russia has failed to fulfill its promises, including its obligations under international humanitarian law”. In addition, Washington said, “either Moscow’s unwillingness or inability forced the Syrian regime to cooperate”.
“Instead, Russia and the Syrian regime has chosen the military path, incompatible with the regime of cessation of hostilities. It has been demonstrated heightened attacks on civilian areas, the bombing of key infrastructure, including hospitals, and obstructing the delivery of humanitarian aid to needy civilians, including an attack on a humanitarian convoy on 19 September,” – said the U.S. state Department.
The Russian foreign Ministry: Washington Inaction has led to the mobilization of terrorists in Syria
Moscow has already reacted to the US decision on the termination of bilateral negotiations on the settlement of the situation in Syria. The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova admitted that Russia regrets “about the decision of Washington to curtail the work of teams of specialists Geneva, to withdraw experts and not be limited to the area of conflict prevention” (quoted by TASS).
“Washington’s inaction has led to the fact that during this period, the militants regrouped, got the weapon, held the mobilization of its resources,” she said. According to Zakharova, Russia in recent days have made efforts to maintain the ceasefire in Syria in cooperation with the United States, but Washington has not fulfilled the promises of the disengagement of the terrorists and the opposition.
“By and large, it all came down to a simple question – what is “dzhebhat an-Nusra” (banned in the Russian terrorist group), who is behind it and why did Washington may not fulfill the promise, namely, to divide terrorists and so-called moderate opposition,” – said the official representative of the foreign Ministry.
In her opinion, Washington simply did not fulfill a key condition of the agreement to facilitate the humanitarian situation of the residents of Aleppo, “and now, apparently, unable to carry out the agreement which they made trying to pass on to someone else the responsibility.”
“Throughout this time the Russian side has proposed to provide 72-hour pause and implement the arrangements on the road to Castello,” – said Zakharov. Washington, in turn, refused to seek withdrawal of armed units of the opposition from the road Castello in Syria that included the agreement of 9 September.
“It should be noted that the most important paragraph of the said agreement is a commitment on the withdrawal is at an equal distance from the road Castello from government troops and opposition forces. USA directly refused to comply with this paragraph, they referred to the fact that you do not have enough influence on the opposition to encourage them to appropriate actions,” – said Zakharov.
On Friday, September 30, the U.S. state Department protested the statement of the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergei Lavrov, during an interview with BBC said that the Americans never attacked in Syria strikes on militants of the banned terrorist organization “dzhebhat an-Nusra” and are going to use it to overthrow the presidential regime of Bashar al-Assad.
“I saw these statements. This made me shake my head. Don’t know what he’s talking about. It’s absurd,” said state Department spokesman mark Toner, commenting on the words of Lavrov. In response to a reporter’s question, struck, is the U.S. air strikes on “al-Nusra Dzhebhat” in the past six months, Toner said: “No, but we should check it out. I can’t say definitely.
During the next briefing the spokesman was also asked about why Washington is so afraid of the idea of the termination of negotiations with Russia and their renewal. “If we believe this attempt failed, and then the Russians will come back to us in a week, ten days, two weeks, we will consider how poorly they performed the previous arrangements. It’s about trust,” says Toner.
In addition, the state Department spokesman said that the operation in Syria is allowed to perform short-term task is to maintain the current regime of President Assad. He stressed that Washington has consistently opposed the emergence of a “vacuum” in Syria. According to Toner, the victory of government forces in Aleppo will only lead to greater chaos, suffering civilians of Syria and the strengthening of the terrorists in Syria.
September 30 in an interview to BBC on the occasion of the first anniversary of the beginning of the Russian campaign in Syria, Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that, in his opinion, the US protects jihadist groups in Syria, to use them to change the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, so never inflicted blows on the positions of militants groups “Dzhebhat al-Fath al-sham, formerly known as “dzhebhat an-Nusra”.
Lavrov said that since the beginning of operations in Syria, the Americans reluctantly struck at the positions of the terrorist group “Islamic state” (ISIS, ISIL, DAISH) and took it only after it began to do in Russia. “As for the “dzhebhat an-Nusra”, the Americans never inflicted on her no bumps in any part of Syria,” said Lavrov.
The situation was aggravated in Syria on 22 September, with the resumption of hostilities in Aleppo. Over the weekend the worsening situation in Aleppo discussed at an emergency meeting of the UN security Council. It the US and Britain was subjected to sharp criticism of Russia, and assigned to it the blame for the failure of the agreement on the ceasefire and the bombing of residential areas.
Since the end of September, there were reports that Washington is close to the suspension of cooperation with Moscow on Syria. Russia, according to the United States, responsible for the use of prohibited weapons in Aleppo and in General for an offensive by Syrian government forces, the dire humanitarian situation in the city and alleged attacks on civilian infrastructure.