The US is “escalating” the violence in Syria and blaming Russia for it in order to increase Washington's declining influence in the Middle East and break up the Shia alliance in the region, says E. Michael Jones, a political analyst in Indiana.
“The United States is escalating the war and trying to blame Russia for what’s going on,” said Jones, a writer, former professor, media commentator and the current editor of the Culture Wars magazine.
Washington is “desperate for a win to this war in Syria” before Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is elected to the White House, Jones stated.
“They’re afraid, I believe, that if Donald Trump is elected president, that he will make peace with the Russians…and that will mean the United States has lost the war in Syria,” he added.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that Washington is on the verge of ending Syria talks with Moscow over the assault on Aleppo.
"I think we are on the verge of suspending the discussion because, you know, it's irrational in the context of the kind of bombing taking place, to be sitting there, trying to take things seriously," Kerry said in Washington, DC.
Kerry made the remarks a day after warning Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov he would walk away from the talks unless Moscow and Damascus stop airstrikes on Aleppo.
In response, Moscow said it was outraged by what it called the intimidating tone of the US statement, saying it shows Washington supports terrorism.
Moscow also criticized the White House for having “a non-constructive stance” on Syria.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday that Russia would go on with its war on terror and continue to support Syrian government forces.
“John Kerry recently announcing his decision to end talks with Russia is a serious case of misdirection because what really happened is that the United States violated its own ceasefire when it attacked Syrian army troops, killing somewhere between 60 and 80 members of the Syrian army,” Jones told Press TV.
“This is a flagrant violation of their own ceasefire,” he said. “What we see here is the United States is escalating the war and trying to blame Russia for what’s going on.”