Pentagon chief accuses Russia of spreading global instability

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has accused Russia of spreading global instability and questioned whether Moscow genuinely seeks a ceasefire in Syria.

In a speech at Oxford University in England on Wednesday, Carter downplayed hopes of reaching an agreement with Russia regarding peace in Syria.

Carter expressed deep skepticism about Russian intentions in Syria even as US Secretary of State John Kerry is working with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to reach an agreement about a ceasefire in the Arab country.

Russia supports the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and their joint military operation has sometimes targeted US-backed militants.

Russia has repeatedly said that foreign-backed militants use ceasefires in Syria to regroup and launch attacks.

“Unfortunately so far, Russia, with its support for the Assad regime, has made the situation in Syria more dangerous, more prolonged and more violent. That has contributed to what…

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