Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has accused Western countries of failing to rein in violent rebels in Syria, and said the resumption of peace talks had been indefinitely delayed. Shoigu said on Tuesday that rebels backed by Western governments had been attacking civilians in the government-held western Aleppo, despite a pause in Russian and Syrian air strikes. “As a result, the prospects for the start of a negotiation process and the return to peaceful life in Syria are postponed for an indefinite period,” Shoigu said. Aleppo has been hit by some of the worst violence in Syria’s long-running conflict, turning the once-bustling economic hub into a divided and bombed-out symbol of the brutal war.
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