The Wall Street Journal: U.S. suspends diplomatic talks with Russia over Syria

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Monday withdrew from talks with Russia over a failed cease-fire, citing Russia’s role in the bombardment of Aleppo.

The decision ends for now prospects for a truce and threatens to send the long civil war into a perilous new direction, with hopes for a political settlement more distant.

The end of the talks also put the onus on the Obama administration to consider other options for Syria, including the provision of more powerful weaponry from the U.S. and other allies for rebels fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

“There is nothing more for the United States and Russia to talk about in regard to trying to reach an agreement that would reduce the violence inside of Syria,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.

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