US to Russia: Syria military cooperation not guaranteed
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September 16, 2016 7:30PM (UTC)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is warning Russia that potential military cooperation in Syria will not happen unless humanitarian aid begins to flow into Aleppo and other besieged communities.
In a Friday phone call, Secretary of State John Kerry told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that Moscow must use its influence with the Syrian government to get the aid moving.
The State Department said delays in the assistance had been "repeated" and "unacceptable." Kerry told Lavrov that unless the aid is delivered, the U.S. will not move ahead with the formation of a joint facility with Russia to coordinate attacks on terrorist groups and share intelligence.
Sustained delivery of humanitarian aid, along with a decrease in violence, is a requirement for that cooperation under an agreement Kerry and Lavrov reached last week.
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