In response to ongoing bombings in Aleppo as well as reports that the United States and Russia might be strengthening ties and even collaborate on airstrikes in the future, former U.S. Ambassador-at-large for War Crimes Issues Stephen Rapp spoke to CNN. Amb. Rapp voiced his concern about potentially cooperating with people that consistently violate humanitarian law, saying that promises made in exchange will likely not be honored.
“Every time there have been conditions about humanitarian access, they’ve always been violated… I don’t think it’s a smart bargain. It puts us on the wrong side. We need to continue to press for accountability and work with people who don’t have blood on their hands.”
Amb. Stephen Rapp, Distinguished Fellow