US: Russia 'bears responsibility' for destroyed Syrian hospitals


National Security Adviser Susan Rice is not happy with Russia. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice blamed Russia for the destruction of hospitals in Syria in a new statement evidencing growing tension with a leading American rival.

Rice’s statement noted that “all remaining hospitals in Eastern Aleppo—as well as a number of first responder staging locations have been destroyed in attacks conducted by forces loyal to the Assad regime, which has been enabled by its strongest backer, Russia.”

“The Syrian regime and its allies, Russia in particular, bears responsibility for the immediate and long term consequences these actions have caused in Syria and beyond,” Rice said. “Following the president’s meeting with allies in Europe, the United States again joins our partners, many of them gathering in Peru this weekend, in demanding the immediate cessation of these bombardments and calling on Russia to immediately deescalate violence and facilitate humanitarian aid and access for the Syrian people.”

The State Department on Friday dismissed Russia’s denial of recent hospital bombings as not worthy of a response. Russian officials claimed such attacks were pure fiction.

Developments in the Syrian conflict have shown new strains on the increasingly fraught relationship.

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