US says Russia must step up if Syria truce is to be salvaged
NEW YORK (AP) — The United States is demanding that Russia live up to its commitments in Syria’s fractured week-old truce. This comes after the Syrian military announced it was over amid numerous violations, including an attack on an aid convoy, and apparent Russian unwillingness to press Damascus on the point.
The latest developments placed added importance on a meeting Tuesday of the International Syria Support Group, or ISSG. The group is comprised of countries with a stake in the conflict and endorsed the truce, and is led by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Kerry called the convoy attack an “egregious violation” of the cease-fire and said the U.S. “will reassess the future prospects for cooperation with Russia.”