Monday, October 3

US Suspends Bilateral Contacts With Russia on Syria: AP (UPDATE) 3:35pm EDT

The Russian response (RT) and
hereBreaking News (RT):
Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, has hit out at Washington’s decision to freeze all cooperation with Russia over Syria, in the wake of a series of diplomatic setbacks.

“I don’t think there is any alternative [to the bilateral ties between Moscow and Washington],” the diplomat told Russian reporters in New York. “That they have announced this is highly regrettable.”
Details to follow
********** October 3, 2016 - 1:41 pm EDT
The Associated Press
Washington (AP) -- The 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 cease-fire 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 center. That center was to have coordinated military cooperation and intelligence if the cease-fire had taken hold.
The suspension will not affect communications between the two countries aimed at de-conflicting counter-terrorism operations in Syria.


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