Russia warns the U.S. it will start attacks in Syria if no agreement on ROE is made

Russian air force Su-30MKI fighter jet takes off during the MAKS-2015 International Aviation and Space Show in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. The XII International Aviation and Space Show in Zhukovsky opened Tuesday for specialists and press, with members of the public invited to visit it from Friday, Aug. 28. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Russia warned that it will no longer wait for the United States to coordinate the rules of engagement (ROE) against violators of the cease-fire agreement in Syria that began on February 27th.

If the United States does not respond to Russia’s proposals on controlling the cease-fire Russia will start using military force as soon as tomorrow against the armed groups who have violated the agreement, said Sergei Rudskoi (Main Operations Directorate of the Russian General Staff).

According to the General the proposals were sent to the United States for review on February 25th.

“We emphasize that military force will be used only after we receive credible evidence of systematic violations by armed groups of the commitments made within the framework of the Joint US-Russian statement on the cessation of hostilities in Syria as of February 22, 2016. Military force will not be used against the groups, observing the ceasefire regime, as well as against the civilian population and civilian facilities”, said Sergei Rudskoi

On Friday, Rudskoi said that the cease-fire agreement has been violated nearly 250 times since the truce agreement took effect.  This does not account for attacks against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front as they are not included in this truce.

Sergey Kuralenko, head of the Russian reconciliation center in Syria, said that 67 civilians were killed and 65 wounded by militants’ fire in Aleppo province alone since February 27, according to Armenpress.

According to CBS, more than 270,000 people have died and millions have fled since the beginning of the Syrian war that is now its fifth year – creating the largest exodus of refugees since World War II.

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