Washington, October 4: Blaming Russia for not living up to its commitments under a ceasefire agreement the United States has suspended talks with Russia over the war in Syria. This deepened the difficulties between U.S and Russia leaving a very little hope for any solution to end the war.
After weeks of intense air raids on Aleppo carried out by the Syrian and Russian armies, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the US was "on the verge" of ending talks on Syria with Russia. A statement was released by the US government confirming the suspension of talks on Monday.
"The United States is suspending its participation in bilateral channels with Russia that were established to sustain the cessation of hostilities," US State Department spokesperson John Kirby said in the statement. "This is not a decision that was taken lightly” he added.
Regretting the US decision to suspend the talks, Russia's foreign ministry said that Washington was trying to shift responsibility for a failure to stop the violence onto Moscow."Washington simply did not fulfill the key condition of the agreement to improve the humanitarian condition around Aleppo," ministry spokeswoman, Russia, Maria Zakharova said.
"After failing to fulfill the agreements that they themselves worked out, they are trying to shift responsibility on to someone else". She also emphasized that Russia has taken efforts in order to fulfill the ceasefire agreement.
Earlier, United Sates and Russia called for a nationwide ceasefire in Syria on the occasion of Eid al-Adha. U.S. and Russia sought seven straight days of relative calm to trigger a broader peace initiative and military cooperation. The conflict in Syria, which began with an uprising against President Assad, has raged for five years and claimed the lives of more than a quarter of a million people. More than 4.8 million have fled abroad, and an estimated 6.5 million others have been displaced within the country.
In the meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council would begin to negotiate on Monday a draft resolution that urges Russia and the United States to ensure an immediate truce in Aleppo.