US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia on Wednesday that US patience on the Syrian conflict and the fate of Bashar al-Assad was running out.
“Russia needs to understand that our patience is not infinite, in fact it is very limited with whether or not Assad is going to be held accountable,” Kerry said during a visit to Norway.
The Assad regime has largely disrupted the negotiating process by refusing to abide by the humanitarian provisions stipulated in the UN Security Council resolution 2254 calling for improving the humanitarian situation in Syria by lifting blockades on besieged areas, allowing the delivery of humanitarian aid, stopping indiscriminate shelling of liberated areas, and releasing detainees.
President of the Syrian Coalition Anas Alabdah on Monday said that the continued targeting of civilians by the Assad regime and Russia had caused the Geneva negotiations to reach an impasse, adding that no one is able to force the Assad regime to respect the cessation of hostilities agreement.
Alabdah says it is lamentable that Russia is a sponsor of the political process and at the same time a partner in the crimes the Assad regime is carrying out against civilians. He added that there is no serious international response to violations of the cessation of hostilities agreement by the Assad regime and its allies. (Source: Syrian Coalition + AFP)