UN Secretary-General blames Russia for collapse of Syria talks

Russia is responsible for the collapse of talks on Syria in Geneva.

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon announced, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainski novyny.

According to him, the collapse of peace talks in Geneva was caused by the devastating Russian air raids in Syria in support for ground operations of Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces at Aleppo last week. As soon as the Geneva meeting was convened, aerial bombing continued and the ground operation started in Aleppo, Ban Ki-moon said. According to him, it was extremely difficult for Staffan de Mistura [UN envoy for Syria] to continue at this time.

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UN Secretary-General warned that Russia and Syria were not being "faithful" in implementing UN Security Council Resolution 2254 adopted in December. The resolution, passed by unanimous vote, called for an end to indiscriminate bombing of civilians and measures to implement a nationwide cease-fire.

According to Ban Ki-moon, Russia's increased military support for the Assad regime has impacted very negatively, on the process the Security Council resolution set in train, causing casualties among civilians and damage to civilian objects.

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The UN resolution on Syria presupposes adoption of a new Syrian constitution. Elections should be held within 18 months after the beginning of the development of the Constitution and establishment of a legitimate, multilateral, secular government that will develop the Constitution. It also includes provisions on the termination of the bombing of civilian targets and universal cease-fire. Russia supported the resolution.Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n372938