Syrians walk amidst the rubble of destroyed buildings on Oct. 3, 2016, following reported air strikes in the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus.
WASHINGTON—The U.S. State Department says the U.S. is suspending bilateral contacts with Russia over Syria. That comes after last week’s threat by Secretary of State John Kerry to suspend contacts amid new attacks on the city of Aleppo.
The department said in a statement Monday that Russia had not lived up to the terms of an agreement last month to restore the ceasefire and ensure sustained deliveries of humanitarian aid to besieged cities.
As part of the suspension, the U.S. is withdrawing personnel that it had dispatched to take part in the creation of a joint U.S.-Russia centre. That centre was to have co-ordinated military co-operation and intelligence if the ceasefire had taken hold. The suspension will not affect communications between the two countries aimed at de-conflicting counter-terrorism operations in Syria.
SOURCE: Associated Press/The Star Online