During a conversation with members of the Senate Committee on international Affairs Deputy Secretary of state Antony Blinken was asked, does the US have a “plan B” in connection with “the apparent failure of diplomatic efforts to end the civil war in Syria,” reports Reuters.
“President Barack Obama has asked all agencies to come up with new options that we are now actively studied. Some of them are known, some are new,” said Lloyd. “When we study them in the next few days, we can already get to talk about them”, he added.
Blinken did not explain what particular proposals come from the concerned agencies.
On the eve of the official representative of state Department John Kirby said that the head of foreign policy Department of the USA John Kerry in conversation with Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov has threatened to stop work together in Syria, urging Moscow to halt the offensive in Aleppo and restore the ceasefire.
As has informed Reuters a source in Washington, officially about the termination of cooperation with Russia on Syria in connection with the situation in Aleppo may be announced today.
Also on 28 September Kirby at a briefing in Washington said that the US authorities began to discuss undiplomatic responses to the breakdown of the ceasefire in Syria. What options are being discussed, Kirby said. However, he noted that the state Department remains committed to a diplomatic resolution of the situation in Syria.
According to Reuters, which quoted the day before in the Washington administration, no specific proposals President Obama submitted yet was not. It is possible to return to a discussion of options, most of which relate to the use of force. Among them — supply the opponents of Bashar al-Assad more modern weapons, air strikes on the bases of the Syrian air force in the North, sending a larger contingent of special operations forces of the US for training and consultation, Kurdish and Syrian rebel groups, as well as the deployment of additional U.S. and coalition air and naval forces in the Eastern part of the Mediterranean sea.