The questioner is James Bays, Diplomatic Editor for Al-Jazeera English – RB
Syria’s war: Pindo-Russia talks ‘on verge of ending’
Al-Jazeera, Sep 30 2016
Pindostan is “on the verge” of ending talks on Syria with Russia following days of deadly attacks on Aleppo, according to the Pindo Sec State. Pindo boxtops say the administration is looking at other ways to end the war in Syria that has been going on for over five years. Speaking at the Atlantic Council on Thursday, Jackass Kerry said:
(We’re) on the verge of suspending the discussion because it’s irrational in the context of the kind of bombing taking place.
He said that Pindostan has no indication of Russia’s “seriousness of purpose” and discussions made no sense at a time when Russian and Syrian warplanes were bombing rebel-held areas of Syria’s second-largest city. Earlier, Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov, said that the Pindo threat to suspend talks on Syria over the bombardment of Aleppo’s rebel-held areas constitutes “an emotional breakdown.” Ryabkov also rejected Pindo calls for a week-long truce as “unacceptable” but said a two-day ceasefire could allow desperately needed aid to reach the more than 250,000 civilians trapped in Aleppo. Al-Jazeera’s Rory Challands reporting from Moscow said:
(The Russian leadership) saw the seven-day ceasefire as a step that would allow the terrorists, as they call them, to stock up on supplies and rest. They say that that Pindostan is fixated on demands of a seven-day pause for reasons only they know. It seems after the negotiations that brought about the collapsed ceasefire, there is a widening gulf between the Russians and the Pindostanis.
Ryabkov’s comments followed a previous warning by Jackass that Pindostan would end talks on the conflict, as well as a military pact that involved targeting Daesh & Nusra unless Russia halted the assault on Aleppo. Jackass conveyed the message in a call to Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday in which he voiced “grave concern” over the Syrian government’s air and land attacks on Aleppo. He said that Pindostan held Russia responsible for the use of incendiary and bunker buster bombs which put Aleppo civilians at great risk, according to Adm (retd) Kirby. The Syrian government’s offensive to recapture all of Aleppo, with Russian air support and Iranian help on the ground, has been accompanied by bombing that residents have described as unprecedented in its ferocity. On Wednesday, at least six civilians were killed when air strikes hit two hospitals in rebel-controlled parts of Aleppo. The M10 and M2 hospitals were hit before dawn, forcing both to shut temporarily, and leaving just two of east Aleppo’s eight hospitals with surgical facilities. Al Jazeera’s Diplomatic Editor James Bays asked Bashar Jaafari, Syria’s UN ambassador, if his country had bombed the two hospitals. Jaafari walked away laughing, without giving an answer. Our correspondent said:
It’s not clear why he was laughing considering his country is being accused of war crimes in Aleppo.
An estimated 250,000 people still live in eastern Aleppo, which has been under near-continuous siege since mid-July, causing food and fuel shortages. Attacks on water installations from both sides have left more than two million civilians without water. The Syrian civil war started as a largely unarmed uprising against Assad in Mar 2011, but quickly escalated into a full-blown armed conflict. Five years on, more than 400,000 Syrians are estimated to have been killed, and almost 11 million Syrians, half the country’s prewar population, have been displaced from their homes.