The United States made clear on Friday it will not set up a planned joint U.S.-Russian military coordination cell in Syria until regime forces there allow aid into besieged cities, AFPreported.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and condemned “repeated and unacceptable delays of humanitarian aid,” a spokesman said.
A ceasefire was declared in Syria’s five-year-old civil war on Monday, two days after Kerry and Lavrov signed a deal in Geneva to pressure both sides to hold their fire. It was extended by 48 hours on Thursday.
If the truce lasts seven days and humanitarian access is granted, Russia and the United States are to work together to target the extremist Islamic State (ISIS) and Al-Nusra front.
But some clashes have continued, and the United Nations has been unable to send supplies to starving civilians in areas like the besieged northern city of Aleppo.
Washington, however, seems to be running short of patience.
“The Secretary made clear that the United States will not establish the Joint Implementation Center with Russia unless and until the agreed terms for humanitarian access are met,” he added, according to spokesman John Kirby, who was quoted by AFP.