Kerry: Russia must restrain itself and Assad from offensive strikes in Syria

Kerry: Russia must restrain itself and Assad from offensive strikes in Syria

The United States called on Russia and the Syrian government to refrain from offensive operations in Syria, as fighting continued on the day, the US Secretary of State John Kerry hoped a political transition could begin.

"It is critical, obviously, that Russia restrain both itself and the Assad regime from conducting offensive operations, just as it is our responsibility to get the opposition to refrain from engaging in those operations," Reuters cited Kerry as saying.

"These are important days to determine whether or not Russia and the Assad regime are going to live up to" the effort to end the violence and to resume peace talks, Kerry said. "The evidence thus far is very, very troubling to everybody.

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