Kerry to Russia: “Our patience regarding Syria has its limits”


US Secretary of State John Kerry calls on Russia and the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to respect the ceasefire in Syria, noting that Washington’s patience runs out.

“Russia needs to understand that our patience is not unlimited. In fact, it’s running out regarding bringing al-Assad to justice,” Kerry said on June 15 after a meeting with Foreign Minister of Iran Javad Zarif in Norway.

“We are also ready to bring to justice members of the opposition involved in violence,” Kerry added.

He stated the need for “real cessation of hostilities in Syria” that would help deliver humanitarian aid.

“I believe that negotiations with Zarif showed me how this can be achieved,” John Kerry said.

Russia and Iran are key allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

In February, an agreement on ceasefire in Syria was reached, but it has been repeatedly violated. Representatives of the opposition and pro-government forces blame each other for violations.

The truce in Syria does not apply to Islamist groups such as Islamic State and Al-Nusra Front.