The blame for the breakdown of the Aleppo ceasefire lies squarely with the US and its allies, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with the Serbian daily, Politika. The text of the interview was circulated by the President’s Office on Thursday.

 

“The West, mainly the US, is responsible for the recent ceasefire disruption in Aleppo,” Assad stated.

 

According to him, the Western coalition strengthens the terrorists’ positions during a truce.

 

“When a ceasefire fails to achieve the goals set by the West and its allies, they order the terrorists to disrupt it,” the Syrian president added.