The United States' top diplomat on Thursday refused
to point fingers at Russia for continuing to supply weapons to the
Syrian regime, saying it was "counter-productive" at a time the two
countries were trying to promote a peace conference.
Russian military aid to Syria is "clearly going to be part of negotiations in Geneva," US Secretary of State John Kerry said. Quibbling about it "here, now, at this moment" would be "counter-productive to what we are trying to accomplish."
Speaking at a press conference in Rome, Kerry mentioned Russia's supply of missiles to Damascus, saying it was "potentially destabilising with respect to the State of Israel."
"I think we made it crystal clear that we would prefer if Russia would not supply any (military) assistance, that is on record, that has not changed," he added.
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