Russia calls on West to “Be Reasonable” regarding Syria
Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) , - The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed regret over the United States´posponement of the meeting on Syria in The Haague, which was due to be held on Wednesday, 28 August. The postponement comes as the Western, anti-Syrian alliance has sharpened its military posture against Syria, leading analysts to expect that a Syria war, and in consequence, a wider Middle East war may be imminent.
After the United States decided to postpone the meeting on Syria which was scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday 28 August in The Haague, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Gennady Gatilov, wrote on his Twitter account:
“It is regrettable that our partners decided to postpone the Russian – U.S. meeting on calling an international conference on Syria”.
Gatilov stressed, that finding standards for a political settlement in Syria was useful, particularly in the present situation, which is troubled by the specter of a military campaign.
The U.S. State Department had announced the postponement of the Russian and U.S. representatives in The Haague on preparing for an international conference on Syria, the Geneva 2 meeting, under the pretext of continuing consultations regarding what has been described as the response to the alleged chemical weapons use in Syria.
In a later statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich, said that Russia calls upon the USA and other states to rationalize and to “be reasonable” regarding the Syrian issue. Kukashevich commented on the United States´decision to postpone the meeting in The Haague, warning:
“That seeking different baseless pretexts for a military intervention in Syria and bypassing the UN Security Council would lead to disaster”.
Lukashevich added, that attempts to skip the UN Security Council under artificial and groundless excuses for launching a military intervention in the region would generate a new suffering in Syria, as it would also bring unfavorable subsequences to other countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
Lukashevich stressed, that it is of the utmost importance, that the U.S. Officials and all members of the UNSC must be reasonable and adherent to international law, and to be committed to the basic principles which are enshrined in the Charter of the UN. He reiterated, that the most urgent task for the time being must be the convening of the Geneva 2 conference, and he pointed out that Russia expects that the USA will fulfill its role in preparations for the conference.
U.S. Secretary of State, Joh Kerry, agreed already in March 2013, during his visit in Moscow, that the USA would do what it could to hold the Geneva 2 conference as soon as possible.
Since March however, the USA and anti-Syrian allies have practically done all that was in their power to encourage the opposition to rejecting the conference, by lifting the EU embargo on the import of Syrian oil from rebel held territories, and by continuing to finance and arm the opposition. Lukashevich said:
“The U.S. The decisionof the postponement of the meeting gives signs to the Syrian opposition to show more intransigence as a step for foreign intervention”.
He particularly criticized U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, for his statement that “evidence for chemical weapons use was undeniable” without displaying any evidence in support of such allegations.
On Sunday, Iranian officials warned the USA not to cross the red line in Syria. The deployment of the cruise missile ship of the U.S. Navy, the USS Mahn and the military escalation in the region by the anti-Syrian alliance, prompted the Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran´s armed forces, Massoud Jazayeri, to issue a statement, warning the United States not to cross the red line on Syria and that threatening Syria would have severe consequences for the White House. Earlier, Iranian officials said that a strike against Syria would create very serious fallout for the entire region. The independent Iranian news agency FARS quoted Iran´s Deputy Chief of Staff, Jazayeri, as saying:
“America knows the limitation of the red line of the Syrian front and any crossing of Syria´s red line will have severe consequences for the White House”.
On 26 August, nsnbc international published a report, that quotes Israeli officials as saying that Israel considers a limited war against Syria, which is coordinated with attacks by the United States as possible.
The Israeli Channel 10 quoted a senior Israeli army general stating that, despite the current analysis of the situation, all Israelis are advised to seriously take instructions issued by the military, especially regarding gas masks.
Israeli Defense Minister, Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon, has recently visited the northern border areas to personally review preparations along the border amidst talks of a U.S.-led war on Syria. Furthermore, Israeli security and military officers stated that all current indications show that any attack carried out by the Syrian army against Israel will be weak, as the Syrian army is exhausted facing fighters and armed opposition in his country.
Many analysts consider such assessments by Israeli officials as extremely dangerous, not least because they omit the overwhelming likelihood of a swift military response by both Hezbollah and Syria, especially against Israel.
After positioning US Navy vessels within striking range, off the coast of Syria, the overt military buildup against Syria continued today, with the deployment of British troop carriers, fighters and other military equipment and troops to Cyprus.
Also the not so overt military build up against Syria has escalated over the recent weeks. During the recent visit the U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, to Jordan large Saudi Arabian shipments of weapons, including advanced weapons began flowing to the opposition forces via Jordan. 400 ton military equipment has reportedly been shipped to the opposition via Turkey.
A Palestinian intelligence source issued a reports to nsnbc international in June and early July, stating already then, that a large scale military campaign against Syria was likely to be initiated in August and September, using the large scale use of chemical weapons as pretext for renewed calls for humanitarian corridors, a no-fly-zone, and eventually a direct military intervention. A wider Middle East war with global, political, economic and security implications may be imminent.
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