US President Donald Trump’s claims the United States has achieved victory over terrorists in Syria are groundless and illogical, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.
“These statements are limitlessly illogical and groundless,” she said. “Statements made by spokespersons of US official bodies of power never stop making U-turns.”
“One question has to be asked, though. Is all this being said for the sake of some political activity, for attracting the electorate, or is it the official stance of the United States?” she added.
US President Donald Trump has more than once claimed that the coalition’s operations in Syria have been successful. Speaking in the White House on December 12 before putting his signature to a bill on the financing and main guidelines of the US Department of Defense in 2018 fiscal year Trump reiterated the claim the United States took the credit for victory over the Islamic State.
“We won in Syria, we won in Iraq,” he said.
Moscow is not accepting the US-led coalition’s pretexts to stay in Syria as this violates the Arab Republic’s sovereignty, she went on.
“Russia’s presence in Syria is legitimate and in full compliance with the international law,” Zakharova said. “The excuses for the coalition’s steps, which violate Syria’s sovereignty, cannot be accepted, especially when they are accompanied by remarks that the Islamic State (IS, terror group, outlawed in Russia – TASS) was not totally defeated in Syria, and, if it was, the main credit goes to the US, the coalition led by it, the Western world and so on.”
The diplomat stressed that “the decisive contribution to ensuring victory over terrorists in Syria had been made by the Russian task force, which brilliantly accomplished its task, helped the Syrian army to defend Syria as a sovereign independent state, and this has been recognized by international experts.”
Zakharova recalled that Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered to begin the withdrawal of a sizeable part of Russian troops from Syria. “However, our military servicemen retain their presence on Syrian soil and are ready, if necessary, to foil terrorists’ attempts to regroup and replenish their losses in manpower and equipment.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin on December 11 visited the Hmeymim airbase in Syria to meet with Russian military personnel and issue orders to downscale the Russian military contingent. Two logistic facilities of the Russian armed forces – in Tartus and Hmeymim – will operate in that country on the permanent basis, he added.
The Russian military group has been in Syria since September 2015. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Aerospace Force planes in that country flew 6,956 sorties and helicopters, more than 7,000 sorties to have eliminated 32,000 militants, 394 tanks and 12,000 pieces of other military equipment.
Moscow believes that the procedure of aid deliveries across the border into Syria undermines the country’s sovereignty, Russia’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.
“The United Nations Security Council is currently considering the extension of a special procedure, established back in 2014, on the UN’s humanitarian aid deliveries into Syria across the neighboring states’ borders,” she said. “According to Russia’s assessment, this procedure is in fact set to cause Syria’s breakup, which runs counter to the UN Security Council’s resolution and agreements negotiated in various international formats.”
The procedure was imposed “amid utterly different circumstances in the conflict and had an emergency manner.”
“It has been undermining and is still undermining Syria’s sovereignty and creates an extremely unwelcome precedent in international attitudes to humanitarian aid,” the Russian diplomat underlined.
Russia is ready “for joint work to determine the most optimal ways for terminating the procedure – which has attained its objective – of trans-border deliveries of humanitarian consignments with minimum damage to those in need.”
Moscow believes that “a transparent mechanism notifying the UN Security Council of who the relief aid is being delivered to and how much of it” should be set up, Zakharova said.
“Russia has submitted relevant proposals to the UN Security Council. Along with this, we are convinced that simple technical extension of this mechanism without any substantial amendments fail to meet new realities in Syria,” she said.
The Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman reminded that “the procedure was introduced by Resolution 2165 of the UN Security Council amid the violent stage of the conflict when the Syrian government had lost control of the country’s swathes so there merely did not exist any other ways of providing humanitarian assistance to the civilian population in those areas.”
“The resolution authorized humanitarian access across border checkpoints of Turkey, Jordan and Iran without receiving consent from Damascus’ authorities but notifying them in advance,” Zakharova said. “Apart from that, an inspection mechanism was established to monitor the humanitarian nature of the consignments transported into Syria by UN bodies. However, [this mechanism] was not tasked to oversee distribution of the aid within its territory where unfortunately it used to get into the hands of armed units fighting against the government.”.
a crude version of 'good cop, bad cop', with the Saudis playing the role of judas goat. nice:
"Saudi Arabia sponsoring Israel-Palestinian peace talks alongside the US, Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman visiting Israel, a rail linking Haifa to the Kingdom generating hundreds of billions of dollars in trade between Israel and the Gulf.
The vision could be a reality, Israel’s transport and intelligence minister Yisrael Katz told a Saudi news site in a rare interview published Wednesday, playing up hopes for normalized ties between the two states already said to have a covert relationship."
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:00 P.M)- Former nightclub bouncer, renound Jewish supremacy and current Israeli Defence Minister, Avigdor Leiberman, just announced that Arabs “don’t belong here (in Israel)” whilst addressing the issue of Palestinian protests, to the US recognition of Israel’s capital as Jerusalem.
Leiberman announced that Arab Israeli citizens of the ‘Wadi Ara’ region are “not welcome in Israel” and should be boycotted.
Avigdor Leiberman also announced today that “there will be no rules” when it comes to Israeli war tactics, waged upon Palestinians, “…if Hamas keeps acting the way it is”.
This New Yorker piece is notable for its arrogant headline, and several false assertions. Those may be necessary to divert from its real message - the U.S. surrender to the realities of Syria: Trump to Let Assad Stay Until 2021, as Putin Declares Victory in Syria
[T]he Trump Administration is now prepared to accept President Bashar al-Assad’s continued rule until Syria’s next scheduled Presidential election, in 2021, according to U.S. and European officials. The decision reverses repeated U.S. statements that Assad must step down as part of a peace process.
The Trump Administration says it still wants a political process that holds the prospect of Assad’s departure. But it has concluded that it may take until 2021, when the next election is scheduled, to pull it off.
U.S. officials worry that Assad could win the 2021 Syrian election, one way or the other, and remain in power for years to come.
The U.S. "lets Assad stay" because there is simply nothing else it can do without waging a large scale war. It has tried everything else - and lost. In 2012 it attempted to assassinate Assad, but he wasn't at the security meeting that the CIA blew up. It send 100,000 Takfiri fighters from all over the world to Syria and shipped in ten-thousands of tons of weapons and ammunition. The global anti-Syrian propaganda campaign in favor of the Takfiris was unprecedented. It tried to build a political opposition and sponsored it with hundreds of millions. It lastly invaded the country and tried to split it by force. It failed on all fronts.
The U.S. decision reflects the Administration’s limited options, the military reality on the ground, and the success of Syria’s Russian, Iranian, and Hezbollah allies in propping up the beleaguered Assad regime.
The Syrian opposition groups backed by the United States have been ineffectual. They have squabbled among themselves and split into factions.
Diplomatically, Washington has been marginalized by the powerful troika of Russia, Iran, and Turkey, which now dominates the peace process.
In 2013 the author of the piece, Robin Wright, presented the Israeli dream of a split up Middle East.
It was a remake of the "Blood Borders" map peddled in 2006 by the neoconservatives Col. Ralph Peters. That map went into the trash-bin when the U.S. had to leave Iraq. Wrigth's cartographic expression of imperial arrogance will end there too.
Wright is heavily wired in Washington. She is part of the *borg* and held/holds positions at the U.S. Institute of Peace (which plans wars), the Wilson Center, Brookings and Carnegie Endowment. That she has now given up on her ludicrous map likely reflects the leading opinions within those institutions.
Col. John Thomas, spokesman for the US Central Command (CENTCOM), said that the international coalition forces would remain in Syria to support the operations of the Arab-Kurdish “Syrian Democratic Forces” until the conclusion of negotiations on a political solution in Geneva.
He added that the US forces would continue to fight terrorist organizations close to “al-Qaeda” in Syria, including al-Nusra Front, “regardless of ISIS presence.”
Yesterday Putin visited Syria. He declared victory and announced that part of the Russian troops in Syria would return home. He made sure that everyone, the U.S., the Turks, the Saudis and the Israelis, understood that the troops would be back in no-time if they try to reignite the war:
"If terrorists again raise head, we will deliver such strikes on them that they haven’t seen so far," Putin told the Russian military.
Another member of the Syrian alliance, the Lebanese party Hizbullah, is now refocusing on Israel. Trump's hail-Mary pass of illegally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital came just in time to give new impetus to the resistance:
Mr Nasrallah called on the “resistance axis” — a reference to Hizbollah and its Syrian and Iranian allies and patrons — to “devote all its power and time to the Palestinians. I call on all the resistance factions in the region to unite and put one common strategy and practical plan to face this threat,” he said.
It was Israel that was behind (pdf) the campaign to dismantle Syria and Iraq. It utterly failed and the revenge will be harsh. Hizbullah is better armed and trained than ever. Battle experienced Iraqi and Iranian groups stand ready. The Syrian army is much better trained and equipped than before the war. The Iraqi resistance leader Qais Al Khazali recently visited south-Lebanon and took a look over the border into Israel. He was surveying the new battlefield.
Israel's great new alliance with Saudi Arabia has not helped its position. The Salman tyrant and his son are in an insecure position and their great relations with Trump have tanked, allegedly over the issue of Jerusalem.
The Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahoo is under pressure at home. The corruption accusation accumulate and his time in office is now limited.
Who will replace him? What is the new plan the Zionists will come up with to react to the changed situation?
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