US now accuses Russia of contributing to Syrian conflict
Newscast Media MOSCOW—The United States’ top diplomat accused Russia on
Monday of hindering a peaceful solution to the conflict in Syria by supplying its
government with arms and aid.
“Russia needs to be a part of the solution and not be contributing so many more
weapons and so much more aid that they’re in fact enabling [President Bashar] Assad
to double down, which is creating an enormous problem,” US Secretary of State John
Kerry said at a news conference in Indonesia, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Russia has proven to be the Syrian government’s main international ally since internal
conflict broke out there almost three years ago.
Moscow has used its veto right in the UN Security Council to block several resolutions
aimed at putting sanctions on Assad’s government, which Western countries accuse
of using chemical weapons against Syrian civilians.
Russia maintains it is only supplying arms and military equipment to the war-torn
Middle Eastern country under contracts signed before the civil war erupted.
Kerry made the comments two days after international peace talks on Syria brokered
by Russia and the United States ended in Geneva without any agreements.
Russia had taken responsibility for bringing the Syrian government to the talks, while
the US, which supports the opposition, brought rebel representatives to the table.
Source: Ria Novosti