Top Russian Diplomat Explains Reasons for Syrian Arms Sales

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Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in the Russian town of Sochi on May 17, 2013

In the past two weeks, the U.S. and its allies have done just about everything short of getting down on their collective knees and begging Russia to stop delivering weapons to the Syrian government. President Vladimir Putin has received visits this month from three of the most powerful statesmen in the western world: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on May 7, British Prime Minister David Cameron three days later and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu three days after that. Along with U.S. President Barack Obama, who spoke to Putin by phone on April 29, they have all implored the Russian leader to stop arming President Bashar Assad’s regime.

However, last week it became clear that Russia was going ahead with S-300 sales immediately despite Kerry’s overtures. This week, the New York Times reported that Russia is delivering not only the sophisticated S-300 antiaircraft systems to Syria but the dreaded Yakhont “ship-killer” missiles, which would make it a lot more painful for any foreign navies trying to intervene in Syria or provide supplies to the rebels by sea.

Why has Russia apparently decided to ramp up its arms supplies to Damascus, despite the West’s pleas? TIME spoke last week with top Russian diplomat Andrei Klimov, the deputy chairman of the foreign-affairs committee in the Russian parliament, who explained it as Moscow hedging its bets.

(MORE: Exclusive: ‘We Will Slaughter All of Them.’ The Rebel Behind the Syrian Atrocity Video)

Weapons systems like the S-300, he said, “would simply set the right conditions” for negotiating Assad’s departure. On May 7, Kerry and Putin agreed to begin those negotiations at an international summit in the coming weeks. “To put it simply, the S-300 will put a damper on any desire to attack Syria from the air if that is the real intention of our partners” heading into these negotiations. Russia’s intention in all of this is to avoid making the same mistake it made with Libya, said Klimov, who has traveled to Syria during the civil war there to assess Russia’s options. In 2011, the Kremlin — then led by Putin’s more liberal protégé Dmitri Medvedev — was a lot more sympathetic to the international outrage against Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, who was then trying to crush his own violent rebellion. The U.S. and its allies convinced Medvedev not to block a U.N. resolution against Gaddafi, allowing it to pass a vote in the U.N. Security Council.

As Putin sees it, that resolution was taken way beyond its stated purpose of imposing a no-fly zone over Libya — it also opened the door for a full-scale military intervention. Under the U.N. mandate, the U.S. and NATO began flying bombing raids against Gaddafi’s military convoys, which were then moving toward the rebel-held city of Benghazi with the express aim of “cleansing” its revolutionary populace. After fending off that assault, NATO airpower continued to provide the rebels with a clear military advantage.

Within weeks, Gaddafi’s army was routed, his convoy was bombed from the air while fleeing the Libyan capital, and the dictator himself was captured hiding in a drainpipe in his hometown. A video of rebels beating, insulting and finally killing Gaddafi soon appeared on YouTube. Putin was furious over this turn of events — seeing it as a blatant violation of Libyan sovereignty and a betrayal of Russia’s willingness to trust the West’s intentions. He has not gotten over the slight. “What we really do not want is to allow the same mistake as with Libya,” Klimov said, “when we believed we were getting one thing and got something totally different.”

(MORE: Hizballah and Israel Spar as Syria’s Conflict Threatens to Spin Out of Control)

Russian weapons will give Assad a good chance of defending himself if any Western powers decide to continue the aerial assaults that took place early this month. The strikes on Syrian targets on May 3 and May 5, apparently carried out by Israeli warplanes, also spurred Russia to step up its arms shipments to Assad, Klimov said. “When we see these bombings taking place in Syria, which seem by all accounts to be coming from Israel, we realize that a sovereign government has the right to self-defense,” he said. “In our understanding, these deliveries do not violate any international agreements. Rather, they forbid any aerial attacks against Syria from taking place with impunity.”

Russia points out that its weapons sales to Assad do not violate any international agreements. Unlike with Libya, Russia and China have vetoed every attempt in the past two years to impose a weapons embargo against Assad in the U.N. Security Council. And the Kremlin has no intention of backing away from that position, says Fyodor Lukyanov, editor of the journal Russia in Global Affairs and a top foreign policy expert in Moscow. “If the position on providing arms to the rebel side does not change, then Russia will not back away from any [arms] contracts with Assad,” he says. “And at this point we only see movement in the direction of providing more arms to the rebels, not less.”

On Wednesday, U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Bob Corker introduced a bipartisan bill to pressure the Obama Administration to provide weapons to “vetted” rebel forces in Syria. “To change the tipping point in Syria against the Assad regime, we must support the opposition by providing lethal arms,” Menendez said in a statement accompanying the legislation, which the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will take up on May 21. “This effort coupled with Russia’s willingness to participate in talks for political transition will give us the best opportunity for a better outcome.”

(MORE: Bombing Probe Casts Spotlight on Awkward U.S.-Russia Security Ties)

Talks over a political transition are expected to start early next month. As Putin and Kerry agreed, representatives from Assad’s government and from the rebel forces will be able to attend the conference. The aim is to map out a political transition to end the civil war, which has already claimed some 80,000 lives. “What gives me serious pause,” says Lukyanov, “is that the U.S. and Russia can agree on whatever they want, and maybe they will. But it’s pompous to think that the people fighting in Syria will obey that decision, put down their arms and go home.”

Still, Lukyanov says it is a sign of progress that Russia and the West have even agreed to a framework for such a conference. They were previously at a deadlock over the issue of whether Assad or his representatives could take part in the transition to a new Syrian government. Putin has always insisted that the ruling regime must be at the table, as well as Assad’s other major ally, Iran. “Now in Moscow there has appeared a tender hope that the West is finally starting to hear what we’ve been telling them all along,” said Klimov. “This conference will be where we can make real progress, if not a compromise, then at least the conditions for a compromise.” And just in case it falls apart, Russia is providing its ally with a radar-guided insurance policy.

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azmalhome
azmalhome


http://azmalhome.wordpress.com/2012/05/11/violence-is-a-biggest-sin-in-islam-religion/

Russia already lost Iraq and Libya. and mostly oil country USA is controlling. so if Russia lose Syria, then it will be a mistake for Russia about fuel market.   

Some of Muslim countries are going to co-operate something for Palestine. The United States of America also is co-operating Israel with all the way. And Saudi Arabia is best friend for United States of America. Its means that they like to watching a live broadcasting bloodshed war again and again. 



JosephSilveiraAsamoah
JosephSilveiraAsamoah

Just a few weeks after Russia "sold weapons to Syria defying the supposed UN arms embargo "  the European Union also lifted its arms embargo yesterday as it paves way to supply arms to the Syrian Rebels. An Interesting proxy war being fought. I understand Russia's interest as Syria is its huge arms partner and they have potent bilateral trade agreements with the "rogue" state. Russia also claims it seeks stability within the Syrian region and Middle East as its borders are not far off and is particularly concerned with radical extremists making incursions in its own borders and mixing with minor Islamist factions in volatile areas such as Chechnya. Whats the West interest in the civil war ? Oil ? or Israels uncertainty of the regime ? Who will they rather have? A brutal Assad regime which does not recognize Israel legitimacy and has antipathy towards the west or Rebel elements who are supposedly linked to Al Qaeda? Historically we have witnessed events where instead of the puppet masters pulling the strings on their dummies they decide to take on their fellow mates.If that occurs I have an underground bunker with food enough to last me a life time .

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

Russia does not supply offensive weapons to Syria

Russia supplies to Syria only defensive weapons, which cannot be used for internal struggle, such as air defense and coastal missile systems for the protection of the sovereignty. All of this armament supplied under the old obligations and does not violate UN resolutions.

Russian Vice-Premier Dmitry Rogozin said that Russia is not supplying Syria anything forbidden by the international sanctions in the sphere of military-technical cooperation.

"We are continuing to those contracts that have been concluded for a long time"

"No one can ever show of the Russian Federation no claims in this regard, and the control over exports of arms in our country tougher, than in many other countries" - added Rogozin.

CrossWinds
CrossWinds

God the Father, has given God The Son, the World. Do you
think when Christ returns, the nations of this world presently will give up their control and power willingly?
How about Russia, China, North Korea, the middle east, India, Pakistan, or America for that
matter. There will be war, not only on earth, but in the heavens………. The
suffering Lamb becomes the roaring Lion……….

Psalm 2:8……………

Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your
inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession.

Revelation 19:11……….

Now I saw heaven
opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful
and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.

devaneshan
devaneshan

@TIME why nom of the western media speaks about the ways FSA getting weapon?

818Digi
818Digi

@TIME can you guys cover why the rich are getting richer and the middle class is not recovering. But we are shipping money to rebels.

tolgacemil
tolgacemil

@Meralin bunları bizim cingöz ahmet'e okutmak lazım. rusya ve çine rağmen suriye krizinin çözülemeyeceğini anlamayan bir o kaldı :)

arandasrafa
arandasrafa

Russia plays itself for a fool here. At the very least the West has largely refrained from selling arms for some time now. It cannot be a provocateur and a peacemaker at the same time, that much is certain.

JimMorgan
JimMorgan

Russia continues to be on the wrong side of history

Putin_USSR
Putin_USSR

Assad has chosen the people of Syria. The majority of Syrians support Assad. In 2014, elections will be held ... A lot of the credit rating agencies confirm a high popularity rating Assad in Syria ...
Why Assad must go? Because the Zionists as they want? Not for you to decide the fate of the Assad ... you have no right ... It's the people will decide Syria.

newotark
newotark

Could you remind me please, how are things now in Lybia? And why could you all, who wants to do the same in Syria to go to Lybia and survive there just a week without being killed? 

azmalhome
azmalhome

Russia already lost Iraq and Libya. and mostly oil country USA is controlling. so if Russia lose Syria, then it will be a mistake for Russia about fuel market.   

Some of Muslim countries are going to co-operate something for Palestine. The United States of America also is co-operating Israel with all the way. And Saudi Arabia is best friend for United States of America. Its means that they like to watching a live broadcasting bloodshed war again and again. 

http://azmalhome.wordpress.com

http://azmalhome.wordpress.com/2012/05/11/violence-is-a-biggest-sin-in-islam-religion/



arvay
arvay

We  Americans can thank Putin for supplying these weapons that can prevent us from being dragged into yet another disastrous conflict, we cannot afford in either human or economic terms.

Expert estimates say that about 75,000 troops will be required to grab Assad's chemical weapons. Great, we can just transfer troops who think that are being  demobilized out of Afghanistan. Military suicides already greatly outmatch casualties inflicted by enemies.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/16/us/baffling-rise-in-suicides-plagues-us-military.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Our sequester-hobbled economy is tottering (Wall Street is doing fine but the rest of us not so much) and precisely what we need is a major war and bottomless expenditures to produce -- what? Victories like Iraq and Afghanistan? Would we fight this war on or off-budget?

It's already clear that the major winners would be rabidly anti-western Islamists, who would no doubt be as grateful for our help as were the Taliban and other Afghan forces we bankrolled.

The chemical weapons are an Israeli problem, not ours to solve. They exist as a counter to Israel's nuclear weapons -- the "poor man's atom bomb." Let the vaunted IDF retrieve them. A group of Israeli officials have now said that Assad would be preferable to the rebels, which is actually a logical thought.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4381028,00.html

What's more likely now is Assad plus a kind of western Waziristan. 

This situation is Assad's fault, his violent response to protests is the cause and could have been avoided. But we have nothing to offer, and a lot of damage we can do to ourselves if we get involved.

So thanks, Valadimir.

YehudaElyada
YehudaElyada

Putin has adapted the demeaning policy of an angry thug: You'll treat me with respect for I can frustrate any initiative which you think is worthy. He can't care less about the fate of Bashar Assad, but he'll back him as long as the rest of the world behaves as if Russia is a spent power in the ME. What Putin is risking is a backlash from empowering Iran. Because what's on the table isn't democracy in Syria but who'll emerge as the dominant power within the Muslim world: the Shiite radical coalition headed by Iran or the Sunni conservative states led by Saudi-Arabia. Putin backs the former side, because the USA and its Euro allies are committed to the later. But an Iran win will make it the dominant political power in every central Asian Turkic nation. The Islamization and radicalization of central Asia will pose a multiple challenges to Russia modeled on the Chechnya or Afghanistan wars. It's rather silly considering the willingness of the Western countries respect Russia as long as does its share of dirty tricks on the commonly designated dictator de jour.

azmalhome
azmalhome

Russia already lost Iraq and Libya. and mostly oil country USA is controlling. so if Russia lose Syria, then it will be a mistake for Russia about fuel market.   

Some of Muslim countries are going to co-operate something for Palestine. The United States of America also is co-operating Israel with all the way. And Saudi Arabia is best friend for United States of America. Its means that they like to watching a live broadcasting bloodshed war again and again. 

http://azmalhome.wordpress.com/2013/03/26/islamic-terrorism/

monkeycarrier
monkeycarrier

Does this "top Russian diplomat" think that we're restarted over here in the U S of A? "Unless the situation with arming the rebels changes"....giving a guy some saline, atropine, and an AK, is NOT EQUIVALENT to a modern, top-of-the-line Air Defense System!!!! By that logic, we should be arming the rebels with Stingers, Javelins, Tomahawk Cruise Missiles, and Patriot Missile Batteries. While were at it, why don't we give them a few F16s, and allow them to strike anywhere within the 5 miles, 5 days, and 5 degrees of freedom where the Assad regime's forces WERE.

Obviously this would be a terrible idea--we have absolutely no way of knowing how the rebels would use such firepower, WHICH IS WHY WE DONT DO IT. They could be trigger happy, or worse-- they could target the entire Alawite sect, and wipe it from the face of Syria--but......hey, wait a minute!!! This is EXACTLY what Assad is doing!!!

Putin is by far the worst thing that could have happened to Russia since Stalin. We see him increasingly moving the New Soviet Republic further and further in the direction of the Cold War's past--and although the US has tried, very hard to create an environment for good relations with the USSR....oops! I mean Russia....we can only take so much. If you're not going to do a single good thing, get out of the way! They oppose the west just for the sake of opposing us. Newsflash Putin! The cold war is over...and the whole world recognizes Assad has to go....so keep your stupid base for your 20th century Navy, find another buyer of your missiles, and let the regimes fall!

And if Russia can't offer the International community a single thing, we should force them out of the UN. At least China has it's limits...at least they have a reason to oppose certain western efforts to make the world a better place, but Russia has 0 principles!


Does Putin behave like a cornered cat because he wants to get paid? Does he stick his nose in everything so he can be the solution to everything? Because it looks to me like they embolden and support regimes when they attack their own civilians, or they look like they're going to be handled, he sells them weapons when they're at their most vulnerable, then he gets to be the savior and bathe in faded glory when he finally steps out of the way. Surely, the money he gets from the arms sales is nothing compared to the economic boost that comes along with good relations. If it's not the money, then why? Because opposing the US is what Russia is used to? The 80 year old communist generals and politicians only know...how to behave that way?

It's sad, but also true, that if Russiacan't grow up, and behave like the big boys, another cold war is going to start, and this time, it'll end much quicker, and be far more devastating to Russia. And this time, I hope it happens soon.


I just reread everythinI posted here, and it makes me sick! I can't believe I'm asking for another cold war. And while I'm pretty sure that whatever replaces Assad isn't going to be friendly to the US, or it's allies, and will probably become a hotbed for terrorists, I'm also sure we can't leave a man who massacres his own country's people by the city in power. Doing nothing isn't an option. And if we want to make ANY progress in the future, and make the world a better place, we won't be able to do anything if obstructionist, extortionist Russia just decides to take the Veto, Veto, Veto, weapons, weapons, weapons, Soviet, Soviet, Soviet, meh, meh, meh, route every single time, in every corner of the world, on every single issue, every time an international forum is opened up. Is this how they want their history to be written? The country that supplied weapons to a falling regime that crumbled and handed over modern weapons to terrorists....the country that aided Iran in getting a nuclear weapon. The country that threw a temper tantrum when told that North Korea had an active nuclear weapons, and ballistic missile program. Are they forever to be the country that aided and abetted malicious pariah states, and genocidal dictators with malicious intent? All to oppose a single country?

Pathetic.

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

@JosephSilveiraAsamoah 

Actually, Syria has its own military-industrial complex. Syria is not in need of deliveries of weapons from outside to fight terrorism. Russia supplies Syria only defensive armament on the old contracts for the protection of sovereignty.
First of all, this air defense ADMS for protection from air attack and coastal missile systems for protect against attacks from the sea.  Russia does not violate any of the resolutions of the UN security Council.

SayedhashmatAli
SayedhashmatAli

@Sibir_Russia  RUSSIAS POSITON IS VERY RESPECTABLE GREAT UN SHAKEABLE FOR SYRIA RUSSIA MUST CONTINUE AND KEEP INVADERS AND AGGRESSORS AWAY FROM SYRIA. BYE SUPPLYING ALL KINDS OF ADVANCE WEAPONS ........USA AND WESTERNS ARE BIG LIARS

jgy777ph
jgy777ph

@818Digi @TIME Why shipping money to rebels? So that when everything is said and done, that's a big I OWE YOU ONE. ^_^

Mrlnka
Mrlnka

@tolgacemil Libya'daki gibi tuzağa düşmeyeceğiz diyor adamlar. Ders çıkarmak marifetini azıcık da bize bahşetse bahşeden.

neemking
neemking

@Putin_USSR Texas needs to talk with Putin so we can get rid of the imperialist US government from the independent country of Texas.

VictoriaRicciano
VictoriaRicciano

Was not Winston Churchill who said, after Chamberlain signed an agreement with Hitler about Checoslovaquia occupation in 1938:

"You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war"

 This is right also now. Chose not to act now on Syria.  It does not concern you that Assad Air Force is bombing it's own cities. . But it will get back to you as a cancer that grew up and is eating you when is too late.

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

Vladimir Putin does not support Bashar al-Assad. Bashar al-Assad is a legitimate President of a sovereign country. We proceed from this. Russia defends international law - the principle of non-interference in the sovereign Affairs of other States. Our position has not changed: the Syrians themselves should decide their destiny without outside interference. Russia has no such right to interfere in the internal conflict. No such right and in the USA. Russia has veto power in the UN, as a country, winning in the World War II. We are more concerned that the U.S. is trying to revise the results of World war II. This is a very dangerous path.
To better understand Russia's position in relation to other States, I advise you to read the foundations of international law. Especially recommend reading the principle of the sovereign equality, principle of non-interference in the sovereign Affairs of other State and the principle of indivisibility of security.

THE PRINCIPLE OF NON-INTERFERENCE IN THE INTERNAL AFFAIRS OF STATES

http://www.un.org/documents/ga/res/36/a36r103.htm

midjers
midjers

@monkeycarrier you are subject to the U.S. propaganda of the washer drain and ... there are not rebels and the people fighting against Assad and gunmen and mercenaries teraristy bought for your dirty American money (empty worthless pieces of paper) .... The whole world is waiting for you runite from their own greed and exporting democracy (death) ...

RamonRoman
RamonRoman

@monkeycarrier Sorry, monkey carrier, you are just pathetic. So much time wasted in front of a computer, for what? To use the same stupid ideas. So, it is Russia that veto everything, eh? Are you from the present or just a product of your own imagination? Soviets? Communists generals? You are asking for another cold war? And who are the enemies to be, mister monkey? Russia? China? Iran? Why? Do not forget monkey sir, that the USA is indebted in one trillion dollars to these terrible Asiatic enemies. As to the sale of arms in the world, are you blind? The Main supplier of arms in the Middle East is the USA and its NATO comrades.   Hey, monkey sir, as to the future of Iran as a nuclear power, who is against it? The Zionists in Washington and the ones in Israel. Why? Who is threatening to bomb another country contravening INTERNATIONAL LAWS?  Why? Do you know, monkey sir, that Iran is a signatory of the organism that monitors the investigation of advances in Nuclear tests? Guess who hasn't signed with this organization? You guessed it right, The Zionist Israel.  Why?  First of all, monkey sir, grab a book of history and then write a million words with your nonsenses.

VitalyKlitschko
VitalyKlitschko

@monkeycarrier In geopolitical terms, Western Russia and Germany represent the economic Heartland. Not the US. Not China. It is therefore inevitable that the US will be eclipsed in the not too distant future. 

Any threat to global security naturally comes entirely from the US, Israel and European liberals who seem incapable of diplomacy and, in particular, the subtle nuances of international politics. Neither do Americans and liberal interventionists grasp the notion of national sovereignty. The contempt in which, for example, the sovereign state of Syria is held is monumental arrogance. The mortality, mutilation and daily suffering caused by the CIA, French and Qatari inspired "Arab Spring" is beyond comprehension. Iraq, Egypt, Tunisia and Libya are failed states and the US and its allies want the same fate to befall Syria. 

These vile criminals must be stopped and Putin is the man to do it.


818Digi
818Digi

@jgy777ph @TIME YOU CANT CONTROL REBELS. NOT WITH MONEY /GUNS, LOOK AT IRAQ AND AFGHAN. THE US NEEDS TO STOP THESE GAMES AND WORRY ABOUT US.

tolgacemil
tolgacemil

@Meralin artık şahsi prestijinin peşinden gittiğini düşünüyorum ki beni en çok endişelendiren de bu...

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

@haantu@Putin_USSR 

For Russia, there is no difference who will be the next President of Syria. The main thing that it was the choice of the Syrians, without outside interference. A constructive opposition in Syria is ready for the elections, not ready only the enemies of Syria. 

 President of Syria in the interview to the Turkish newspaper “Cumhuriyet”  B.al-Assad expressly said that he is ready to leave the office if he is not supported by the people during the elections.

 

newotark
newotark

@VictoriaRicciano Oh yes, of course, Asad's armies are marching to Washington right now. You simply like to kill other people, you like to see these murders on CNN and you wish to be entertained the same way it was in Lybia, Iraq, Afghanistan - the list is long and will be continued. You have no honor and never had, you are just customer who wants more blood for her money. 

arvay
arvay

@VictoriaRicciano  

There's a category of foreign policy "thinking" that consists of making false comparisons between past events and current situations. 

The most boringly shop-worn of these are references to pre-WWII policies and Neville Chamberlain that are seen as enabling Hitler, usually advocating some "strong" action lest history repeat. 

Frankly, I'm much, much more worried about the people my own country has bombed, and continues to bomb -- and about lessons apparently not YET learned from the fiascoes that were Iraq and Afghanistan. And please spare us the "dishonor" blather -- which, even more than beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Are you equally concerned about Israel bombing Lebanon and leaving behind one million cluster bombs for children to play with? Or the latest atrocity in Congo?The Saudi executions of heretics?

Exactly how many wars would you like to see us involved in to satisfy some 19th century concept of "honor" -- which incidentally was a comical and hypocritical measurement by societies that established brutal, raciat colonial empuires.

Like the one loved so dearly by your Churchill.

YehudaElyada
YehudaElyada

@Sibir Sure, the international law guaranties the rights of Assad to use whatever means he chooses to eliminate the challenge to his rule, and no other person has a right to help the victims - because Assad's means are effective enough to keep his the sovereign and his citizens helpless. I can't believe a decent Russian will ever voice such despised pseudo legalistic ideas - unless he is paid to do so by a sovereign of the same democratic persuasion as Assad himself.    

brazilianguy2013
brazilianguy2013

@RamonRoman @monkeycarrier RamonRoman, I read your multiple comments about the article and it seems to me that, in your obsession about a so called Zionist power and  influence in international affairs, politics and economy (with more than a hint at the infamous Protocols of the Elders of Zion), you entirely miss the point: the undeniable truth, the one that nobody disputes, is that the fratricide and internecine fight in Syria, among different sects and clans, envolving Alawites, Shiites and Sunnis, have already taken a toll of more than 80,000 lives, in a brutal and even genocidal fashion, and all the parties envolved did not need and did not take any incentive or inspiration from abroad to start and to keep this monstrous situation as it now. We are talking about an Arab civil war, brought by Arabs upon themselves and whose participants are strictly Arab. Israel in particular have been watching it for more than two years without any intervention whatsoever, and the three isolated bombings that took place in the last weeks were aimed at forbidding the transference of sophisticated weapons from Assad arsenals to the Hizballah. Even inside this complex and quite paranoid point of view (to say the least), you surely cannot deny it: the Syrian Civil War is the responsability of Arabs and Arabs alone, they've started it, they've been fighting it - period!

jgy777ph
jgy777ph

@818Digi @TIME The US can't live in a bubble. Ideally it would be bec. of Security concerns but then intentions have deviated nowadays.

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

@YehudaElyada@Sibir 

 The representative of the United Nations Commission on human rights in the middle East emphasized that the composition of the armed Syrian opposition are only 5 % of the Syrians, all the rest of mercenaries from different countries.   This was also reported  German intelligence. German intelligence: 95% of the rebels in Syria are foreigners. Berlin (IRIB) – The BND admitted that only 5% of armed terrorists in Syria Syrians are really, 95% of them are from abroad.   According to the newspaper “Die Welt”, the BND has published in an official and detailed account of the nationalities of the rebels in Syria and their locations in the country. Most of the rebels come from African countries. It is likely to be members of al-Qaeda.
 
The UN has no authority stand on the side of the revolutionaries. Interference in the internal Affairs of another state is a violation of international law. All external players should bring the parties in the negotiations, so that they themselves without outside interference deciding the fate of Syria. Not permissible to impose the Syrians ready-made decisions without taking into account the opinions of the Syrians. These recipes will not work.
 
 A constructive opposition in Syria agree to conduct peace negotiations with Bashar al-Assad. Bashar al-Assad urges the irreconcilable opposition to lay down their arms and begin peace talks on the fate of Syria. But in Syria in addition to the opposition there are a huge number of foreign mercenaries. Mercenaries do not want to negotiate. Some of them earn this money, because they can't do anything but to how to kill, rape, Rob, others dream of the great Caliphate with the destruction of all infidels, including Christians. Russia advocates the unification of the Syrian opposition, in accordance with the Geneva communique, which was also signed by the United States. Russia has a similar positions with the constructive opposition in Syria. They require reforms, release political prisoners and Syrian dialogue. Russia supports them in this. But there are countries, which are calling for the unification of the armed opposition, to continue to bloodshed. The task of each of the legitimate President of a sovereign country to protect its citizens from external and internal enemies and Bashar al-Assad is not an exception. The task of the foreign countries lead the conflicting sides to the negotiating table. And foreign mercenaries, should be expelled from the country. 

FSA must realize their mistake and to defend  Motherland from foreign mercenaries, together with the army of Bashar al-Asad. This will be a major step towards national reconciliation.

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

"Audiatur et altera pars" - all sides must be heard - the basic principle of democracy

 Rusia Today interview with Bashar al-Assad

http://www.voltairenet.org/article176523.html

 Bashar el-Assad interview by Ad-Dounia TV

http://www.voltairenet.org/article175661.html

 ABC’s Barbara Walters’ Interview With Bashar al-Assad

http://www.voltairenet.org/article172116.html

Bashar Al-Assad’s Interview with The Sunday Times

http://www.voltairenet.org/article177726.html

The interview given by President Bashar al-Assad to Turkey’s Ulusal TV station and Aydinlik newspaper

http://www.voltairenet.org/article178069.html

 

RamonRoman
RamonRoman

@brazilianguy2013 @RamonRoman @monkeycarrier Aah, I forget, the Arabs should try to find a solution among Arabs? Say that to the Americans. In your mind this could be so simple, eh Brazilian? The hard reality has taught the geopolitical Americans that the majority of the decisions pertaining to the Arabs shouldn't be left to the Arabs, the people, only to their dictators friends that with American armaments they keep them in line. But there were some dictators that disturbed that view, these ones didn't agree with the friendly dictators and suddenly one of their dictators was squashed by the people, and presto, the Arab Spring was born. The American and the Zionists could not  lose this opportunity to get rid of these pesky out of line dictators and presto again, bombed by the comrades from NATO, Ghaddafi disappeared from the map. Syria, the following, but for those friends of destiny, Russia, there wasn't a presto this time and more than 2 years have passed and the desperate Zionists and Americans are cursing the Russian and the Chinese. See,  Brazilian? It is not that easy for the Arabs to solve their problems. There are others that want them solved but keeping their power.

RamonRoman
RamonRoman

@brazilianguy2013 @RamonRoman @monkeycarrier Brazilian guy, another guy that swears and swears that everything happens in a vacuum. Let\s forget the history and let's contemplate the reality. How we get there? aah, according to the Brazilian guy is not important. But, yes he affirms and vows that I have a fixed idea, the poor Zionists. Wow, they have nothing to do with the mess. The Palestinians problem, part of my fixation with the Zionists. The creation by the conquering and victorious Colonialist powers of  Israel in territories already occupied. Another fixation. The creation of an APARHEID land in Palestine, recognized by everybody, like that poor human being, Jimmy Carter, another fixation. The bombing of the supposed nuclear reactor in Iraq, doing it against International Law, another of my fixation. The threat to bomb Iran, because it  is a threat to the hegemony of the  Zionists, that could lead to a bigger war. Another of my fixations. The polls in the USA indicate that a majority of the people of the USA  are against another intervention, but guess who wants it because Syria theoretically is still at war with Israel and that is bad for the Golan Heights, already annexed by the Zionists, against International Law. Another of my fixation. What about the LAW OF RETURN , señor Brazilian? It's expressed and recognized in International Law. Another of my fixations? Mister Brazilian, the UN delineated some principles in INTERNATIONAL LAW so the signatories countries could abide by them and at least try to live in Peace. Guess who has violated most of them through the years? The USA and the Zionists of Israel. Is this another of my fixation. Finally, Why is it that Israel bombs Syria with the excuse of transfers of war materials to Lebanon that could balance the wheels of POWER with that of the Zionists? What about the transfer of 6 billions in military war equipment a year from the USA towards the Zionist Israel and nobody says a word? Does this make the Middle East safer? Or is it just my fixation that makes me see the contrary.  Poor Zionists, they have to live even if it is in the corpses of its enemies, real or imagined, civilians or not. With all due respect, ramon.