The heads of the Pentagon and the Central intelligence Agency (CIA) doubt that Russia will respect the ceasefire in Syria, and need to prepare a plan of action in case of breakdown of agreements. It is reported by The Wall Street Journal with reference to sources in presidential administration of the USA. Security officials propose to increase support for militants fighting against the Syrian authorities

 

According to the newspaper, the head of the Pentagon Ashton Carter, Chairman of the joint chiefs of staff of the Armed forces of the United States Joseph Dunford and the head of the CIA John Brennan on the recently held meetings at the White house expressed «extremely belligerent attitude» against Moscow and called on «to create real trouble for the Russians».

 

Carter and Dunford, expected to make a formal recommendation for Barack Obama to prepare a so-called «plan B» in case of failure by Russia of the ceasefire, according to sources.

 

The debate around this plan has already begun. In the White house are currently discussing options for intelligence support to Syrian rebels, to help the opposition to defend against Russian airstrikes.

 

The Russian Federation and the United States prepared two draft resolutions of the UN security Council for a ceasefire in Syria

 

Among options to put pressure on Russia — the introduction of new economic sanctions. At the same time in the administration doubt that the European powers would support the motion because of the interest in trade relations with Russia.

 

We will remind, on Monday evening was circulated a joint statement of the Russian Federation and the United States, which says that the ceasefire in Syria will come into force on 27 February at 00:00 (Damascus time) (01:00 Moscow time).

 

The statement stressed that the truce apply to all parties to the conflict, except prohibited in the Russian Federation terrorist groups «Islamic state» (IG, DAYS) and «dzhebhat EN-Nusra» and other terrorist organizations recognized by the UN Security Council.

 

Second round of Syrian peace talks was supposed to start in Geneva under the auspices of the UN on 25 February, however, at the end of last week, the emissary of the UN Secretary General on Syria Staffan de Mistura acknowledged that to initiate them in this day cannot.

 

 

 

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