“Unfortunately, Russia failed to live up to its own commitments… Rather, Russia and the Syrian regime have chosen to pursue a military course, inconsistent with the Cessation of Hostilities, as demonstrated by their intensified attacks against civilian areas, targeting of critical infrastructure such as hospitals, and preventing humanitarian aid from reaching civilians in need…”
Any chance of salvaging a ceasefire has now vanished. Even though Russia and the U.S. agree to cooperate to avoid an accidental military engagement, the risk of the conflict escalating has increased.
A few months ago, the threat of escalation was much lower; however, there’s a new variable in the equation. Turkey now has forces in Syria and are backing the rebels fighting in Aleppo and other areas in northern Syria. These are the same rebels the Russians, Iranians, and Syrian government are trying to kill. An incident between Turkey and Russia could easily draw the U.S. and NATO into a fight that neither side desire.