Representatives of the Quint nations (France, Italy, Germany, UK, USA) and the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini made a joint statement on the situation in Syria. The message was posted on the US State Department web site.
“The devastating events in Syria this week underscore what we have been saying for some time: the burden is on Russia to prove it is willing and able to take extraordinary steps to salvage diplomatic efforts to restore a cessation of hostilities (CoH), allow unfettered humanitarian assistance and create the conditions necessary for the resumption of UN-led talks about a political transition,” reads the statement.
It is stressed that bombing of a humanitarian convoy, the Syrian regime's public denunciation of the CoH, continuing reports that the regime is using chemical weapons, and the unacceptable ongoing regime offensive on eastern Aleppo, supported by Russia, blatantly contradicts Russia’s claim that it supports a diplomatic resolution.
The Quint nations and the European Union High Representative therefore call on Russia to fulfill its obligations and focus on the fight against the terrorist organization ISIL.
Moreover, they underscore that their patience with Russia's continued inability or unwillingness to adhere to its commitments is not unlimited.