The Obama Administration has real chutzpah, but it's the kind that shows how disconnected from reality it actually is. The US administration has never actually denied that the groups that it backs in Syria have to be separated from the terrorists. It's the first commitment in the Sept. 9 Kerry-Lavrov agreement, after all, and something that the Russians have been harping since last February, at the time that the first cessation of hostilities was agreed on. So, when the Sept. 9 agreement falls apart because the US-backed groups never recognized it, who does the US blame but Russia. Kirby, at the State Department, yesterday, practically went through this logic, as I’ve just summarized it here, and yet still came to the conclusion that it's all Russia's fault and, therefore, issues threats and ultimata against Russia.
At the Foreign Ministry in Moscow, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergie Ryabkov was uncompromising in response to Kirby’s tirade. There will be no more 7-day truces--because they allow the jihadis to regroup and rearm--and the failure of the diplomatic track "is going on due to Washington's inability to fulfill its obligations and promises," and is therefore on the conscience of decisions made by the US. "We are outraged at the ultimatum-like tone of the signals that we are getting. Sometimes we even hear cynical threats against us and those who are really fighting terrorists in Syria. We can't consider it anything else but de-facto support of terrorists by the US," he said. Ryabkov called Washington's threats "an emotional breakdown amid the inability of the Obama administration to implement its part of the agreements" on Syria. "The US is in fact bringing grist to the terrorists' mill providing them with undisguised support," he stressed.