With only seven months left in office and a clear aversion to getting bogged down in West Asia confl
Russian officials criticised the so-called “dissent channel” cable signed by a group of US diplomats urging strikes against Bashar al-Assad’s regime, which it accuses of persistently violating a shaky ceasefire aimed at bringing an end to the conflict. “We need to negotiate and reach a political resolution on speaker cable Suppliers the basis of international law, which was agreed upon at the UN Security Council,” he said.Mr Kirby said US secretary of state John Kerry “values and respects” the device, but would not be drawn on whether he believes this specific complaint has merit.
The department’s “Dissent Channel” allows diplomats who disagree with an official policy line to register their concerns with senior staff without fear of retribution.”.Russian defence ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov said in a statement that the US diplomatic cable could “not but cause concern to any sane person. But the administration’s alternative policy — to work with Russia to secure a ceasefire in Syria’s civil war and talks on a political transition — has made little headway.US forces are engaged in Syria but are assisting local militias to fight the Islamic State jihadist group, not confronting Assad’s Russian and Iranian-backed forces. “Of course this is at odds with (UN) resolutions,”
Mikhail Bogdanov, Russia’s deputy foreign minister, said of the calls in comments to Interfax news agency.“We are aware of a dissent channel cable written by a group of state department employees regarding the situation in Syria,” state department spokesperson John Kirby told AFP.Meanwhile, Russia on Friday condemned a US diplomatic cable calling for military strikes against the Syrian government, as Washington again accused Moscow of bombing US-backed rebels in the war-torn country.The memo, according to the Times, calls for “a judicious use of stand-off and air weapons” — in other words cruise missiles, drones and perhaps direct US air strikes.The official would not discuss the contents of the cable, but the New York Times and Wall Street Journal said the dissenters call for US strikes against the Syrian regime.“We are reviewing the cable now, which came up very recently,” he added.
With only seven months left in office and a clear aversion to getting bogged down in West Asia conflicts, Mr Obama has shown little appetite for such action.According to the New York Times, which said it had seen a draft of the memo, the diplomats call for the US military to directly target Bashar al-Assad’s regime.The Journal report said the memo was signed by 51 mid-to high-level senior state department officials.A group of US diplomats have used a state department channel for dissident views to criticise President Barack Obama’s Syria policy, a spokesperson confirmed Thursday