The Russian air force strikes near Aleppo were one of the reasons for the postponement of talks on Syria in Geneva. This was at the briefing said the official representative of state Department of the USA John Kirby, reports Reuters.
According to Kirby, the actions of the Russian military are only one factor that led to the suspension of the negotiations. “It is extremely difficult to understand how attacks on civilian targets in any way contribute to the peace process that is being decided now,” said the state Department.
Kirby noted that the attacks in Aleppo were mainly focused on opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, and not against militants of the “Islamic state” (banned in Russia). He recalled that Washington has often advised Moscow “to focus military activity” in the fight against Islamists, not “the opposition or innocent citizens.”
The state Department noted that the Agency imposes on Russia the full responsibility for the suspension of the negotiations, however, her actions are one of the factors that led to their migration. Kirby explained that the speech in this case goes about “interference with humanitarian assistance” and “ongoing violence” that suits the mode “with the support of the Russian military”.
On Wednesday evening the Minister of foreign Affairs of France Laurent Fabius has accused Damascus and “allies” in the suspension of the Geneva talks. He also said that Paris condemns the “brutal attack of the Syrian regime, with Russian support, to encircle and strangle Aleppo”.
On the suspension of negotiations on the settlement of the Syrian crisis in Geneva until February 25 it became known on Wednesday evening. The UN special envoy De Mistura said the negotiations continued required support from the international forces, especially USA and Russia.
The permanent representative of Syria to the UN Bashar Jaafari, who heads the delegation of official Damascus said that Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey persuaded the opposition to withdraw from the Geneva talks.