NATO says Russian air strikes 'undermining' Syria peace efforts

NATO head Jens Stoltenberg said Friday that Russia’s air strikes in Syria targeting rebel forces are “undermining” efforts to find a peaceful solution to the five-year war. Syrian peace talks in Geneva earlier this week broke up acrimoniously as Moscow’s long-time ally President Bashar al-Assad launched a fresh offensive against rebel forces in Aleppo with massive Russian backing. “What we have seen is that the intense Russian air strikes mainly targeting opposition groups in Syria are undermining the efforts to find a political solution to the conflict,” Stoltenberg said as he arrived for talks in Amsterdam with EU defence and foreign ministers.

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