February 16, 2016 5:37 pm
Updated: February 16, 2016 7:51 pm

US to Russia: ‘Put up or shut up’ on Syrian ceasefire

WATCH ABOVE: The administration of US President Barack Obama, frustrated by Syria's ongoing violence, told Russia on Tuesday to "put up or shut up" about implementing a ceasefire in the wartorn country, even as the US backpedalled from an agreement for the truce to begin by Friday.


WASHINGTON – The Obama administration, frustrated by Syria’s continuing violence, has a message for Russia: “Put up or shut up” on a cease-fire.

The U.S., Russia and other countries agreed last week on a ceasefire to begin by Friday.

But even Washington appears to be discounting chances for a truce taking hold over the next three days.

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State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Tuesday that the U.S. wants “progress” but “can’t say categorically that … there must be a cessation of hostilities” by then.

He called on Russia, which is bombing targets in northern Syria, to do its part.

And he criticized Moscow’s attacks on hospitals and civilians as “unacceptable.”

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