Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion speaks in the House of Commons on Oct.3, 2016. (Photo: Adrian Wyld/CP)His statement came after Washington suspended diplomatic contacts with Moscow over the war in Syria after Russian President Vladimir Putin put on hold a deal with the U.S. on disposing weapons-grade plutonium.
"Canada will continue to work closely with our partners and bilaterally to hold Russia and the Syrian regime to account. The path of dangerous belligerence will not succeed.""Canada will continue to work closely with our partners and bilaterally to hold Russia and the Syrian regime to account. The path of dangerous belligerence will not succeed.” The Obama administration said it decided to cut off discussions on Syria because Russia had not lived up to the terms of last month's agreement to restore a tattered cease-fire and ensure sustained deliveries of humanitarian aid to besieged cities, such as Aleppo, which has been under bombardment from Russian and Syrian forces. The Russian Foreign Ministry said the U.S. has "done all it could to destroy the atmosphere encouraging co-operation." It cited U.S. sanctions on Moscow over its annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine and NATO's deployment of forces near Russian borders. U.S. officials said despite the suspension of talks with Russia, they would continue to work for a truce and aid deliveries to Syria in other gatherings, including the International Syria Support Group, a collection of nations, including Russia.
Moscow intervened on behalf of SyriaDion said Canada supports the U.S. and the other members of the group "in their tireless efforts to reduce the violence in Syria." Russia intervened on behalf of its close ally Syria on Sept. 30 last year, joining President Bashar Assad's bombardment of both anti-Assad rebel groups and militant groups such as the Islamic State and Fatah al-Sham Front, an al-Qaida spinoff. Russia is interested in propping up Assad in part because Russia's only naval facility outside the former Soviet Union is on the Syrian coast. Also Monday, the U.N. Security Council began negotiations on a draft resolution seeking an immediate truce in Aleppo and calling for an end to all military flights over the Syrian city. But Russia immediately rejected any grounding of aircraft and questioned whether a resolution at this time would actually produce any results.
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