US Suspends Diplomatic Relations With Russia On Syria

Tyler Durden's picture

What last week was just a not-so-thinly-veiled-threat lobbed by John Kerry to the Kremlin has, now that Russia suspended its participation in a Plutonium cleanup accord with the US, become official, and as the State Department announced moments ago, the US has now suspended bilateral discussions, i.e. diplomatic relations, with Russia over Syria, escalating the conflict in the war-torn nation to a level last seen in late 2015.

"This is not a decision that was taken lightly," State Department spokesman John Kirby said, cited by AFP, accusing Russia and its Syrian ally of stepping up attacks on civilian areas. Kirby said the Russian and US militaries will continue to use a communications channel set up to ensure their forces do not get in each others' way during "counterterrorism operations in Syria."

Kirby's full statement is below:

The United States is calling home personnel who had been sent to Geneva in order to set-up a "Joint Implementation Center" with Russian officers to plan coordinated strikes.

And US diplomats will suspend discussions with Russia on reviving a September 9 deal reached between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Under that protocol, a truce came into effect on September 12 but it collapsed within a week amid bitter recriminations and a surge of fighting in the five-year-old civil war.

Washington has accused Moscow of failing to rein in President Bashar al-Assad's government forces and abetting his strikes on civilian targets. Moscow, meanwhile, says the United States failed to separate "moderate" anti-Assad rebels from Al Qaeda-linked jihadists.

"Unfortunately, Russia failed to live up to its own commitments, including its obligations under international humanitarian law," Kirby said, in the statement.

According to the US spokesman, Russia was "either unwilling or unable to ensure Syrian regime adherence to the arrangements to which Moscow agreed.

"Rather, Russia and the Syrian regime have chosen to pursue a military course, inconsistent with the Cessation of Hostilities, as demonstrated by their intensified attacks against civilian areas." Kirby accused Moscow and Damascus of "targeting of critical infrastructure such as hospitals, and preventing humanitarian aid from reaching civilians in need."

Kirby repeated Washington's charge that Russia and the regime were responsible for the deadly September 19 attack on a United Nations aid convoy in northern Syria, outside Aleppo. He had nothing to say about the confirmed US-alliance strike on Syrian troops that killed over 60 soldiers.

While we await the Russian response, we can't help but note that the drums of (global, non-proxy) war in Syria are beating ever louder. The next escalatory step from the US at this point would be to send US troops in Syria, which would be promptly met with a matched retaliatory response by Russia, and perhaps China too, which as reported several weeks ago, informally joined the conflict on the side of Syria's president Assad when it said it would provide "aid and military training" to Syria's current president.

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thesonandheir's picture

Sounds bullish for stocks right?

SomethingSomethingDarkSide's picture

WW3 if Hillary is not elected, Obama claims third term

Stuart's picture

US refused to separate their terrorists away from other terrorists.  Still wanted replacement of Assad above all else.  Learned jack shit from Iraq or Libya.   Provided arms to ISIS and Al Nusra.  Ignored ISIS shipping oil... until Russia started torching the trucking convoys.   US is filthy in this fight.  Assad's a tyrant but better than Al Qaeda and ISIS for the rest of the world.   Russia says FU and US doesn't like it.  Not used to it.   Was one of the good guys once. 

TahoeBilly2012's picture

The Jewish King has spoken from his bunker. All hail.

froze25's picture

Tic toc, election day is coming time to get WW3 and a good old financial collapse started. Trump 2016

hedgeless_horseman's picture


What you gonna do when the bombs start to fall?

Do you even know where to find a fallout shelter? 

How quickly can you get to one? 

Will you be able to get in?

nope-1004's picture

Putin won't use the USD exclusively and allow GSAX to run the country.  These are the "commitments" after all.


Manthong's picture

It seems like a lot of politicians think that the attitude of most Americans is still “My country right or wrong”.

If they are not very careful with this, they are going to be in for a really big surprise.


nibiru's picture

Too many players want to see oil price higher - also with shale being eliminated and maybe war breaking up with more than just Syrians dying the price has to eventually go up and Iran with their reserves cannot balance the market to 'new lows' we see now.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Aww, looks like someone (ZATO) is upset that Russia killed all those special ops that were 'training' (i.e. directing) ISIS troops...

MalteseFalcon's picture

I believe that there are powerful people in the US who disagree with the current foreign policy.

Syria is the straw that breaks the camel's back.

Thus Trump and a serious, long over-do "reshuffle" at the State department.

lance-a-lot's picture
lance-a-lot (not verified) MalteseFalcon Oct 3, 2016 9:53 PM

The truth about the conflict with Russia NO ONE dares to reveal.

eatthebanksters's picture

Another shining example of the success of Obozo's diplomacy!

onewayticket2's picture

Exactly.  Where is the headline:  "Obama restarts the Cold War" ???

crossroaddemon's picture

That would be stupid. Obama isn't starting shit, the unelected deep state is. POTUS is a powerless sockpuppet.

Implied Violins's picture

Being a true dipsticklomat he bypassed the cold war and went straight to the hot war. I guess he doesn't care for foreplay.

FUCK these assholes. I DO NOT CONSENT TO WAR. I never consented to have any of my tax money go towards war; has anyone here? This shit is NOT being done in my name - but it won't matter because we will all suffer the consequences of these psychopathic ASSHOLES.

HamFistedIdiot's picture

Maybe the Unabomber had a point. When people in power refuse to listen, they must be made to feel.

Million Dollar Bonehead's picture

It's a shame that Dear Leader Hillary has to wait until January 20th to assume the Throne of Power. She would have Russia and Syria crawling and begging for MERCY in about 3 days! One good tactical nuke on Assad's front doorstep, a couple jetliners flown into the Kremlin and our enemies will be EATING OUT OF HER HAND like two squealing pot-bellied pigs! All Hail the Novus Ordine! All Hail Dear Leader Hillary! May Dagon witness her ultimate victory.

Dolar in a vortex's picture

Your drivel has become predictable. Try making a 180 and shock the ZH world.

Ignatius's picture

MDB used to be funny.  Now his spiel is the actual zeitgeist of the psychopath's grip on the American mind.  I can't laugh anymore about that.

Humanitarian regime change, what a sick joke.  Sarah Silverman can't touch this level of rudeness.

The Republican rank and file figured out that the Bushes were a bad seed and went to Trump, and now the Dems and the Clinton gang need a big slap down, too.

stilletto2's picture

You seem to have missed that this is not the original MDB but a pisstake send up of MDB. This is Million Dollar Bonehead playing heavy satire. I guess the funniest bit is you think this joker is serious.

moneybots's picture

"All Hail" sarcasm.


Another great one.

Lumberjack's picture

Emergencies Ministry to organize all-Russian civil defence drill


The Emergencies Ministry of Russia is going to organize all-Russian civil defence drill since 4 October until 7 October 2016. More than 40 million people, more than 200.000 specialists of rescue and recovery units, as well as more than 50.000 units of equipment are going to be involved into the drill.

Also, federal executive authorities, heads of regions, local governing bodies and organizations are going to participate in the drill. Personnel and equipment of the Emergencies Ministry are going to be fully engaged, as well as rescue and recovery units, paramilitary mine rescue divisions, units of the State Small Vessel Inspectorate, as well as State Fire Service of the Emergencies Ministry and aircraft.

Non-staff rescue and recovery units will also participate in the civil defence drill. The drill is purposed to check relevance of current plans for different periods and preparedness of all personnel and equipment for action.

Information and gathering of the senior personnel of ministries and agencies, executive authorities of the regions of the Russian Federation and local governments will be carried out.

Evacuation, issuing of personal protection equipment, deployment of sanitation station will be trained. Additionally, all protective equipment will be brought to readiness. Systems for emergency information of the population are going to be checked upon agreement with regional and municipal authorities.

ljag's picture

Hey boneheaded,

Russia rules stratosphere. US bombers flying over an ocean may suddenly find their GPS doesn't work gooder than a mofo no more.

fajensen's picture

Whatever, thats why the Russians use GLONASS and if that system doesn't work, CHAYKA & ALPHA - simple, "old" VLF shit that just works and doesn't depend on launching new sattelites every two years.

We scrapped LORAN-C and today we only have GPS. Which is brittle, easy to jam and spoof. 

e_goldstein's picture

It's a shame that Dear Leader Hillary has to wait until January 20th to assume the Throne of Power.

A shame for you MDB, but it gives the rest of us time to stockpile moar ammo and mags.

max_leering's picture

May Dagon witness her ultimate victory public execution.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


May Dagon witness her ultimate victory.

+1 for recognizing Hillary as offspring of the Deep Ones.

Tom Servo's picture

Excellent Lovecraft reference!


Hitlery_4_Dictator's picture

LOL, nope, sorry. Have you talked to an average sheeple lately? I heard a fat coon bitch say "Aww hell naw, obama gonna mess that foo putin up! Obama got this." Clearly, it's not goign well. 

0b1knob's picture

Kerry has a LONG FACE as the US and Russia continue to LURCH towards WWIII.   The ship of state has turned into a SWIFT BOAT collision.  Time for another RESET button push.

HowdyDoody's picture

Sorry that boat left a while back. Ruusia, the ultimate neogiator nation, has proven to its own satisfaction that the US is 'not agreement capable'. It is now working on the basis that the US is an implacable enemy intending to destroy Russia.

wildbad's picture

Obama via Kerry and for their Globalist paymasters are playing a game which could end the world as we know it.  The level of unsophisticated irresponsibility is atrocious.  They are continuing the neocon invasion of sovereign nations and simultaneously claiming some moral high ground by flim-flamming the world with their gaslighting media acomplises.


They belong in rat-filled dungeons but instead enjoy sailing and golf on Martha's Vinyard.


Stop these psychopaths

pods's picture

Yep, Russia is not going to HORSE around anymore with this one. No matter how much the US PONIES up to Iran.


Kirk2NCC1701's picture

So Kerry said "Neigh!" and refused to pony up on his part of the salt lick and stable agreement?

Whoa there! I did not see that coming.

Mr. Universe's picture

As long as the MSM is controlled propaganda the truth is never going out to the masses.

Hitlery_4_Dictator's picture

The masses are asses anyways. Who cares.

Radical Marijuana's picture

“My country right or wrong”.

It is acceptable for the USA to bomb civilians,

but not acceptable for anyone else to do so!

HowdyDoody's picture

Russia has notified the US it is abrogating the nuclear weapons disposal treaty relating specifically to plutonium. This will continue until the US pulls NATO troops/infrastructure out of east Europe, cancels anti-Russian legislation such as the Magnitsky Act, and pays compensation for Russia's losses from sanctions.

Game on.

PS - the conditions are not negotiable


Lugnut's picture

OK I know this i pedantic , but not cooperating over coordinating attacks anymore is not nearly the same thing as suspending diplomatic relations. ZH is becoming the king of hyperbole.


Oh yeah, and what Stuart said above.....

Liberty2012's picture

"Manthong nope-1004 Oct 3, 2016 1:50 PM
It seems like a lot of politicians think that the attitude of most Americans is still “My country right or wrong”.

If they are not very careful with this, they are going to be in for a really big surprise."

That's the point - they will not be surprised. Some of the people will be surprised to find that ther "leaders" were against them.

Bumpo's picture

Hey Kerry, it doesn't count if Russia cuts you off first, but nice horse-face-saving gesture!

J S Bach's picture

"Zionists Suspend U.S. Diplomatic Relations With Russia"

There, that's more like it.  Never forget who pulls all "diplomatic" strings.

Katos's picture

I read that Moscow has bomb shelters that will protect every resident of Moscow from nuclear attack. While our great leaders have enough bunkers for themselves and their families,  while the average american can just go extra crispy?

Momauguin Joe's picture

No problem. Weld shut their doors and bury with landfill. Pour cement into their air vents. Let these inbred freaks suffocate.

Zarbo's picture

I'm reminded of the underground survivors in "A Boy and His Dog".