U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) speaks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov © Kevin Lamarque / Reuters
Reuters: Kerry defends diplomacy as Russian-backed forces pound Aleppo
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry defended his efforts to negotiate with Moscow over the war in Syria on Monday, despite the collapse of a ceasefire that has led to a massive Russian-backed assault on the besieged rebel-held sector of Aleppo.
Medical supplies were running out in eastern Aleppo, with victims pouring into barely functioning hospitals as Russia and its ally President Bashar al-Assad ignored Western pleas to stop the bombing of the last major urban area in opposition hands.
Moscow and Damascus launched their assault last week despite months of negotiations led by Kerry that resulted in a short-lived ceasefire this month. The secretary of state's diplomatic overtures to Moscow had faced scepticism, including from other senior officials within the U.S. administration.
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WNU Editor: John Kerry's critics have been having a field day on criticising him .... McCain calls Kerry 'inept and delusional' (Newsday). But the President is still backing him .... Slammed for timidity, Obama refuses to apologize for ‘seeking peace’ in Syria (Washington Times), as well as Democrats in Congress .... House Dems Urge Obama to Reopen Negotiations With Russia Over Syria Despite Failed Ceasefire (Washington Free Beacon).
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