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The US suspended its talks with Russia over Syria


The State Department announced Monday that it is suspending its participation in "bilateral" talks with Russia that were aimed at ending the violence in war-torn Syria. 

U.S. officials claimed that Russia has not lived up to the terms of the agreement, saying the country was "either unwilling or unable to ensure Syrian regime adherence to the arrangements to which Moscow agreed."

This is not a decision that was taken lightly.
U.S. Department of State

"The US spared no effort in negotiating and attempting to implement an arrangement with Russia aimed at reducing the violence, providing unhindered humanitarian access, and degrading terrorist organizations operating in Syria," a statement from the State Department said.

"Unfortunately, Russia failed to live up to its own commitments," the statement continued. "Including its obligations under international humanitarian law and UNSCR 2254."

According to Business Insider, UNSCR 2254 is a UN Security Council Resolution that was adopted in December 2015. It called for a cease-fire in Syria. 

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said, "everybody's patience with Russia has run out." Earnest added that Russia lost credibility by making commitments and not following through. 

This suspension comes five days after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry threatened to cut off negotiations. 


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