U.S. ups pressure on Russia to drop its support of Assad

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 21: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump (L) listens as Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin delivers remarks in the US Treasury Department building on April 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump is making his first visit to the Treasury Department for a memorandum signing ceremony with Secretary Mnuchin. (Photo by Shawn Thew - Pool/Getty Images)

The Trump administration is intensifying its strategy to compel Russia to drop its support of the Assad regime in Syria, according to a State Department official.

Much of that effort involves public pressure, as the State Department released surveillance photos Monday officials said showed a probable crematorium at the Saydnaya military prison.

“We call upon Russia to use its influence with the Assad regime to get it to adhere to a lasting negotiated ceasefire,” said Heather Nauert, the State Department spokesperson, as she opened a presentation of those surveillance photos. “That ceasefire, we believe, will reduce violence and also ensure unhindered humanitarian access and stop the indiscriminate killings of civilians.” foxnews.com

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