(L-R) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov © Andrew Kelly / Reuters
Washington Post: U.S. threatens to suspend all bilateral cooperation with Russia over Syria
The United States is preparing to suspend all bilateral cooperation with Russia over Syria unless Moscow takes immediate steps to end the ongoing assault on the city of Aleppo and moves to restore a collapsed cease-fire, the State Department said Wednesday.
The action would mean the effective end of nearly a year of intensive, bilateral diplomacy, led by Secretary of State John F. Kerry, to wean Russia away from its support for President Bashar al-Assad and persuade it to join forces with the United States in its counterterrorism efforts in Syria against al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.
The announcement came amid reports of a ferocious ongoing assault by Syrian and Russian jets and Syrian ground troops on surrounded, rebel-occupied eastern Aleppo, where the United Nations has said more than 250,000 civilians are trapped.
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