In remarks on Monday, Feb 17, Secretary of State John Kerry criticized Russia’s continued support for the Assad regime. In Jakarta, just before flying to Abu Dhabi, UAE, he said, “They’re, in fact, enabling Assad to double down, which is creating an enormous problem.”
US policy has been, for some time now, to push for a “political” solution to the Syrian Civil War, one in which Assad is deposed. In fact, Kerry has flatly said several times that Assad can have no place in Syria’s future. (Rather odd, coming from someone who, as late as 2009, was dining with Assad and his wife, in spite of the Syrian government’s connections with Hezbollah and the flow of foreign fighters into Iraq.) The complaint now is that Russia will not abandon its long-time ally in the region, thus prolonging the war.
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