Secret game behind US suspends talks with Russia over Syria—The US suspends ceasefire talks with Russia over the latter’s actions in Syria. It has also accused Moscow of not honoring its commitments made under the ceasefire agreement.Washington has alleged that Russia and the Syrian government are deliberately intensifying their attacks on civilians. Only last week, America has announced that it would suspends talks with Russia if it failed to stop bombing Aleppo.
A statement from Moscow said that the US move had disappointed them. It also blamed America for the collapse of the ceasefire deal. Aleppo which once used to be Syria’s largest city and economic hub has been under very heavy bombardment since the ceasefire agreement collapsed two weeks ago.
The main hospital in the eastern part of the city was hit by Russian planes recently. This is the third time the same hospital had been hit in a week. The offensive launched by regime forces with help of Iran and Hezbollah under Russian air cover, has claimed hundreds of lives.
The Syrian regime wants to take full control of Aleppo which is currently divided between government and rebel held areas. The government offensive started after the truce between Russia and America broke down.
There are at least 250,000 people – mostly civilians – within the eastern part the city. The besieged population is under fierce bombardment.
A statement released by the State department said that the US was suspending its participation in bilateral channels with Russia that had been started for the purpose of ceasing hostilities between warring parties in Syria.
The statement further said that Russia could not fulfil its own commitments. It meant that it was not willing to make sure that the Syrian regime adhered to the arrangements that had previously been agreed.
US State Department further emphasized the fact that the Syrian regime and its allies were deliberating destroying infrastructure within the city including hospitals. They were also not allowing humanitarian aid from reaching people within the city.
Americans also accuse the Russians of also involved in the attack on the aid convoy that was targeted on September 18. This is an allegation that is vehemently denied by Russians. Moscow has repeatedly said that the convoy was destroyed by rebel fire.