US warns Russia over its military build up in Syria
The United States has warned Russia that its continued support to Syrian leadership will only help in compounding the misery of conflict in the middle east country.
In response to Russia's millitary build up in Syria, US Secretary of State John Kerry told his Russian counterpart Foreign Minister Sergie Lavrov that Moscow's "continued support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad risks exacerbating and extending the conflict" in the country.
It was Kerry's third phone call at Moscow in the last 10 days seeking clarification over Russia's military build up in Syria. Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin had defended the military movement saying Moscow needed to cooperate with Damascus to defeat the IS and urged other countries as well to join the cause.
"Secretary Kerry also reaffirmed the US commitment to fight ISIL with a coalition of more than 60 countries, of which Assad could never be a credible member, and emphasised the US would welcome a constructive Russian role in counter-ISIL efforts. The secretary stressed that there is no military solution to the overall conflict in Syria, which can only be resolved by a political transition away from Assad," a read out of the call released by the State Department said.