Following the suspension of UN-led peace talks, Lina Sinjab reports: Teams of diplomats representing countries supporting the opposition are pushing behind the scenes in Geneva for concessions from all parties involved in the war.
But almost everyone, whether diplomats or the opposition, says it is the US which is key to success – by using its leverage on Russia.
Russia is the only world power involved in the Syrian conflict with a military base in the country – therefore it could bring exert significant pressure on the regime of Bashar al-Assad to stop the violence.
But there is a limit to what the US is prepared to do.
A senior US Department of State official told me: “We are not ready to go to World War Three to solve this.”
The US, however, is spending billions of dollars in the battle against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS), which controls large parts of Syria.
Many Syrians feel the selective involvement of the US is hypocritical.
The US official was adamant that Secretary of State John Kerry wants to end the violence, and is determined to succeed.
But everyone here thinks the opposite. Almost at every corner, you hear the same thought: The US has handed over Syria to the Russians for free. [Continue reading…]