Reality begins to bite Kerry on his Russian-Syrian policy
Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday that the U.S. is prepared to cut off all engagement with Russia on Syria unless Russia immediately stops its assault on Aleppo.Kerry tends to be stubborn in accepting reality when he wants to negotiate. That could be why he has done such bad deals with Iran and Russia.
"[Kerry] stressed that the burden remains on Russia to stop this assault and allow humanitarian access to Aleppo and other areas in need," according to spokesman John Kirby in his readout of the morning phone call. "He informed the Foreign Minister that the United States is making preparations to suspend U.S.-Russia bilateral engagement on Syria – including on the establishment of the Joint Implementation Center – unless Russia takes immediate steps to end the assault on Aleppo and restore the cessation of hostilities."
The new policy comes two days after Secretary of State John Kerry declared it would be "diplomatic malpractice" not to continue talks. Kerry has been trying to negotiate a peaceful end to the Syrian civil war, most recently brokering a ceasefire agreement that was supposed to allow humanitarian aid to flow into Aleppo, a major city held in part by U.S.-backed rebels.