JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Monday accused Russia of enabling the Syrian government's efforts to settle that country's
In an appearance in the Indonesian capital, Kerry complained that Moscow, along with Iran and the Hezbollah militant group, are providing the military support and aid that allow the Syrian regime to "double down" in the war.
"Russia needs to be a part of the solution and not contribute so much in weapons and aid that they allow [Syrian President
"It's very clear that [Assad] is trying to win this on the battlefield," he said.
Kerry was expressing his frustration at a time when the latest round of negotiations in Geneva have halted without progress. Their goal was to get the Syrian government and rebels to discuss formation of a new jointly agreed-upon government, but Syrian negotiators never engaged on the issue.
Kerry said the U.S. will "continue to look at options" for settling the war and easing its mounting humanitarian crisis. He seemed to rule out military options, saying the U.S. believes that there is no military solution to the war.
U.S. officials have also condemned Russia recently for blocking efforts at the