Talks with US over Syria ‘fruitless’: Russia

Moscow, Dec 14 (IANS) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday blasted the US for “inefficient” cooperation over Syria, saying talks between the two countries have been “fruitless”.

Moscow still maintained contacts with Washington, but every time the two sides met for agreement, Washington backtracked, Lavrov told Russian 24 TV.

Meanwhile, the minister gave credit to Russia’s interaction with Turkey over Syria.

“This channel (with Turkey) may prove to be more efficient than our fruitless small talks with our American colleagues over many months,” he said.

Moreover, Lavrov blamed the US for contributing to the formation of the Islamic State terrorist group.

“It was the US which liberated the current IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi from an Iraqi prison in 2006,” he said.

The US suspended talks with Russia over Syria in early October, followed by rising tensions between the two powers with each side accusing the other of violating commitments under a cease-fire deal aimed to facilitate a peaceful solution to the Syria crisis.

Since then, no concrete agreements have been reached between the two sides.

The latest effort, which brought together experts from both sides in Geneva on Saturday, ended again without any accord.