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US concerned with escalation of violence in Aleppo — ambassador to Russia

June 07, 2016, 15:17 UTC+3

John Tefft has stressed that it's necessary Russia should use its influence to restore the ceasefire regime

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A view of Aleppo (archive)

A view of Aleppo (archive)

© AP Photo/ Manu Brabo, File

MOSCOW, June 7 /TASS/. Washington is concerned with the escalation of tensions in Syrian Aleppo, US Ambassador to Moscow John Tefft wrote on VK social network on Tuesday as he answered the users’ questions.

"We are working hard to restore the ceasefire regime and are concerned with the recent escalation of violence in Aleppo," the American diplomat said. "It is vitally important for us to focus on implementation of commitments to observe the ceasefire by all the sides and it is necessary that Russia use its influence on the regime," Tefft stressed.

"Such measures along with steps to ensure a political transition of power in Syria will create an opportunity for the United States and Russia to conduct a more profound dialogue on working out a common approach to common threats such as the Islamic State and Jebhat al-Nusra [both are banned in Russia]," the US diplomat said.

The only way to settle Syrian crisis

According to the diplomat, the United States supports the efforts of UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura because it believes that political talks are the only way to settle the Syrian crisis.

"The United States is not giving up on Syria. A search for the solution of this conflict, which led to the unprecedented humanitarian crisis since the time of WWI, remains a US priority. However, political settlement through negotiations is the only way to resolve this crisis," Tefft said.

"That is why we continue supporting Staffan de Mistura’s efforts," the US diplomat said.

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