US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday accused Syrian President Bashar Assad of stonewalling in peace talks and called on Russia to push its ally to negotiate with opposition leaders.
“Right now, Bashar al-Assad has not engaged in the discussions along the promised and required standard that both Russia spoke up for and the regime spoke up for,” Mr. Kerry said during a press conference in Jakarta with Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa.
“It is very clear that Bashar Assad is trying to win this on the battlefield instead of coming to the negotiating table in good faith,” Mr. Kerry said
“Russia needs to be a part of the solution and not be contributing so many more weapons and so much more aid that they are in fact enabling Assad to double down, which is creating an enormous problem,” Mr. Kerry said.
Russia has told the US it was committed to helping create a transitional government, Mr. Kerry said, but has not delivered “the kind of effort to create the kind of dynamic by which that could be achieved.”
On Sunday, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem blamed the US for the breakdown in negotiations, saying the US tried to “create a very negative climate for dialogue in Geneva.”