Kerry to Lavrov: Russia must stop Assad strikes

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called on Russia to persuade the Syrian government to stop what he alleged to be strikes targeting civilians in Syria.

In a phone call on Monday, Kerry told his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, that Moscow has “special responsibility” over the strikes Washington blames on the government of Bashar al-Assad.

Kerry made those accusations while the airstrikes by the US and its allies, purportedly against Daesh, have led to civilian causalities, targeted the country’s infrastructure in many instances and have done little to stop the advances of terrorists.

“Russia has a special responsibility in this regard to press the regime to end its offensive attacks and strikes that kill civilians, immediately allow relief supplies, as determined solely by the UN, to reach all in need, and to comply completely with the cessation of hostilities,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.

Toner also noted that the US…

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