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US pushes on Russia to use its leverage on Syria

Wednesday 14/February/2018 - 11:59 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Mohsin
The United States has urged Russia to use its leverage over Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to end the conflict as the UN envoy warned of a "worrying and dangerous" moment in the nearly seven-year bloodshed، PressTV said.

“Russia can push the regime to commit to seeking a real peace in Syria،” US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley told a Security Council meeting on Wednesday regarding the worsening crisis in Syria.

Moscow and Washington support opposing sides in the Syrian conflict. Russia assists the Syrian government and has been carrying out an aerial bombardment campaign against terrorist positions in Syria.

“Now is the time for Russia to use that leverage،” she said، to “push the Assad regime to do what it plainly does not want to do.”

The US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be Daesh targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate.

The strikes، however، have on many occasions resulted in civilian casualties and failed to fulfill their declared aim of countering terrorism.

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