Rein in Syr­ian forces: USA to Rus­sians

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Wash­ing­ton: US Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry called his Rus­sian coun­ter­part For­eign Min­is­ter Sergei Lavrov to de­mand that Moscow press its Syr­ian al­lies to re­spect a crum­bling cease­fire. “Sec­re­tary Kerry said the United States ex­pected Rus­sia to urge the regime to com­ply with the ces­sa­tion and that we would work with the op­po­si­tion to do the same,” US spokesman John Kirby said. Mr Kerry’s call came as a new round of fierce fight­ing around the north­ern city of Aleppo over­shad­owed peace talks aimed at end­ing Syria’s five-year-old civil war. Ac­cord­ing to Mr Kirby, Mr Kerry told Mr Lavrov of Wash­ing­ton’s “se­ri­ous con­cerns over the on­go­ing threats to the ces­sa­tion of hos­til­i­ties in Syria and the ur­gent need for the As­sad regime to stop its vi­o­la­tions of the ces­sa­tion.”

US of­fi­cials have com­plained that Rus­sian jets ap­pear to be fly­ing in sup­port of Syr­ian forces at­tack­ing rebel po­si­tions in Aleppo, de­spite hav­ing signed on to ef­forts to pro­mote a po­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment. But the sit­u­a­tion has been com­pli­cated by the pres­ence of fight­ers from the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Nusra Front in Aleppo. Nusra is not party to the cease­fire and both Moscow and Da­m­as­cus re­serve the right to strike “ter­ror­ists.” In­dian Ex­press

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