The White House says Russia is responsible for an air strike on an aid convoy near Aleppo, Syria, but adds that it hopes the ceasefire can be salvaged. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
U.S. blames Russia for attack on Syrian aid convoy
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Story: The United States holds Russia responsible for the air strike on an aid convoy near Aleppo, Syria that shattered a one-week truce, White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said on Tuesday (September 20).
“All of our information indicates clearly that this was an air strike. That means there only could have been two entities responsible either the Syrian regime or the Russian government. In any event we hold the Russian government responsible for air strikes in this space given that their commitment under the cessation of hostilities was to certainly ground air operations in places where humanitarian assistance is flowing,” Rhodes told reporters.
He said the United States prefers to continue with the ceasefire in Syria, but is concerned by Russia’s failure to show good faith.
“We need to continue to determine whether or not the cessation of hostilities can continue. The preference is to see if it can, given that it offers right now the best opportunity to provide for an opening to reduce the violence and address humanitarian concerns. That doesn’t mean we’re not significantly concerned by the complete failure to demonstrate good faith in the Russian side. It just means that we’re going to continue to review the circumstances with our closest partners, speak very directly to Russia about whether or not it’s serious about pursuing the terms of the agreement, test whether or not we can make any progress in the coming days. If we can we believe that that’s the preferable course of action, If we can’t then clearly we will not be able to move forward with the terms of the agreement,” he added.