“This system is the advanced version used by Russia and it’s meant to be operated by Russians in Syria”, a Western diplomat was quoted as saying by Israeli mediaA. His remarks are his first on the Russian military build-up in Syria.
“We support the fight of the Syrian government against so-called Islamic State, which neither represents Islam, nor happens to be a state,” Sergey Lavrov said Friday.
“Because they are threatened in many ways more than we are by ISIL”, he said.
So, cooperating with the Russian military in Syria is pretty close to admitting that the USA bid to oust Assad has failed miserably. On Friday, Mr. Putin said his plan for a political transition in Syria, including parliamentary elections and a coalition government with “healthy” opposition factions, had Mr. Assad’s full support, which tells you all you need to know about it.
The Conservative leader marked the solemn occasion by recalling the tragedy, applauding Canada’s role in the Afghanistan war that followed and lauding his government’s anti-terrorism efforts.
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Syria has dismissed a number of reports in the media and from intelligence sources in recent days that its strong ally Moscow has been building up its military presence and support in the country.
“Anybody who is a parent understands that stirs all of our conscience”, Obama said. “Any 0.22” and known in Russian Federation as the “PANTSIR-S1 “.
“We’re keeping an eye on the Russian situation there, but right now again there’s really no deconfliction to do”, Ryder said, answering a question about how USA and anti-ISIS coalition forces and the Russian military are keeping out of each other’s way in Syria.
“We have to work with our European partners on this issue”. Those talks came to naught as we have reported dozen times, both countries have different business interests.
Lavrov also said that Russian Federation regularly conducted naval exercises in the Mediterranean Sea, although he did not say if such drills were under way at the moment.
British foreign secretary Philip Hammond raised eyebrows on Wednesday when he suggested that Assad could remain in power for a six month transitional period. “If, as John Kerry has said many times, the United States wants those channels frozen, then be our guest”. He “has alienated so much of the Syrian population that it will not be possible to arrive at a peaceful cease-fire and political settlement” as long as he is there, Obama said, adding that the USA would continue to go after Islamic State “very hard”.