- WORLD ON A KNIFE EDGE: Russia HALTS Syria Peace Talks & Blasts the West for Backing Rebels
by CHARLIE PEAT, http://www.express.co.uk/
SEETHING Russian officials have halted all negotiations to end the conflict in Syria and slammed the West for not doing enough to stop rebel fighters launching attacks in the nation.
Moscow’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoygu issued a chilling threat to the West and ordered leaders to “determine who they are fighting against: terrorists or Russia”. He said: “The prospects for the start of a negotiation process and the return to peaceful life in Syria are postponed for an indefinite period.
“It is time for our Western colleagues to determine who they are fighting against: terrorists or Russia.” Shoygu claimed Western governments were responsible for recent attacks on the war-ravaged city of Aleppo. He said: “Is this an opposition with which we can achieve agreements?”
“In order to destroy terrorists in Syria it is necessary to act together, and not put a spanner in the works of partners. Because the rebels exploit that in their own interests.” Shoygu said he was surprised some European governments had refused to allow Russian navy vessels bound for Syria to dock in their Mediterranean ports to refuel or take on supplies.
It comes after a Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said a temporary a pause in Russian and Syrian strikes on Aleppo was in force – but only as long as rebels in the city halted their attacks.