"Russian officials say they are not insisting on the survival of Assad, but they note that the Geneva accord says the fate of his government is to be decided by Syrians in negotiations. The secretary of State's comments in Rome come as reports surfaced that Israel had warned the United States that Russia was about to complete the sale of advanced, S-300 ground-to-air missile batteries to Syria. Kerry called the missile sales "potentially destabilizing," but his criticism of Moscow was muted at a time when the two nations were cooperating in the effort to jump-start peace talks. "I think we've made it crystal clear that we would prefer that Russia was not supplying assistance" to Syria, Kerry said. "That is on record; that hasn't changed." Israeli officials declined to comment Thursday on the report of new Russian missile shipments, but Israel has long been concerned about Russia's weapons sales to Syria. Analysts said Syria wants the missiles in part to defend against Israeli airstrikes. Since January, Israel has launched three air attacks against Syrian weapons stockpiles that it said were earmarked for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah." LA Times
Wow! I have come to think that diplomacy is too important to be left to the State Department. Both this fellow and HC thought it their role to wander the earth directing future history while "the Department" concentrates on important things like keeping the WH happy at all cost.
Why does this man think that the Syrian Government and/or the various rebel factions care what he thinks about anything? We have "made it clear to Russia that we wish they were not supplying the Syrian armed forces?" Why would Russia care about our wishes. What leverage do we have? Actually, they are doing us a great kindness by letting us use their railroads for re-supply and to evacuate our equipment from Afghanistan.
Does Kerry imagine that if he looks sad and unhappy Putin will give him what he wants?
I think itis time for a true special envoy to be appointed. I nominate Zbig. pl