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Moscow, Washington agree on Syria peace talks in New York on Friday

Posted by seumasach on December 15, 2015

“Lavrov also said that both parties agreed that the Vienna Accords on Syria must be backed by a United Nations Security Council resolution, adding that Washington and Moscow have agreed on the next steps for effectively coordinating anti-terror efforts”.

Sputnik

15th December, 2015

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has confirmed that Syria talks will resume in New York City on Friday, adding that he and US Secretary of State John Kerry are finding common ground.

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Boris Johnson: we should work with Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad in Syria

Posted by seumasach on December 7, 2015

 

“Who else is there? The answer is obvious. There is Assad, and his army; and the recent signs are that they are making some progress. Thanks at least partly to Russian air strikes, it looks as if the regime is taking back large parts of Homs. Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants are withdrawing from some districts of the city. Is that a bad thing? I don’t think so.”

I’m glad someone else can see the obvious even if it is Boris Johnson. Amazingly, not a single MP was able to make this point in the debate last Wednesday in the House of Commons. Dave Davis, another Tory, came the nearest. With this bit of good sense, Boris is now positioning himself nicely for a future leadership challenge. He also has the great advantage of not having been in government during the Libya debacle, an issue which will surely return to haunt Cameron. Corbyn, who voted against it, is similarly well-placed.

Let’s deal with the Devil: we should work with Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad in Syria

 

Telegraph

7th December, 2015

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Russia’s campaign in Syria

Posted by seumasach on December 6, 2015

Assad emphasized that French and British participation in the US-led airstrike campaign in Syria is illegal under international law and will not be instrumental in defeating Daesh.

“It is legal only when the participation is in cooperation with the legitimate government in Syria. So, I would say they don’t have the will and they don’t have the vision on how to defeat terrorism,” Assad said.

Assad seems to be implying that the US is working in cooperation with the Syrian government. The upcoming ISSG meeting in Vienna will be very interesting. Could France and Britain find themselves isolated over the issue of a Russian UN resolution?

 

Assad Explains Why Terrorists Are Losing

Sputnik

6th December, 2015

President Bashar al-Assad praised Russia for its efforts aimed at defeating terrorist groups, which are trying to establish an Islamic state in Syria. The US-led coalition, in his view, has failed to deliver on the promise to tackle Daesh, also known as ISIL.

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US Sidelined?

Posted by seumasach on November 24, 2015

There would be no question mark were the reference to Cameron being sidelined.

Russia, France Form Their Own Anti-ISIL Alliance in Syria

Stephen Cohen

Sputnik

24th November, 2015

The tragedy of Paris seems to have accelerated long-awaited political changes: “the United States can no longer play its self-declared hegemonic, or only super-power, role in the world, and Russia has returned to the center stage of world affairs”, according to NYU political science professor Stephen Cohen.

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Russia pushes own antiterror UN resolution

Posted by seumasach on November 23, 2015

Russia to push for adoption of its draft antiterror resolution in UN Security Council

TASS

21st November, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, November 21. /TASS/. Russia will push for the soonest possible adoption of its draft resolution on the fight against terrorism in the United Nations Security Council despite the adoption of a France-proposed document, Russia’s Permanent Representaive to the global organization Vitaly Churkin said Friday.

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Mogherini: Solution to Syria impossible without Russia

Posted by seumasach on November 22, 2015

EU Foreign Policy Chief Says Solution to Syria Impossible Without Russia

Sputnik

22nd November, 2015

Russia and the EU can arrive at a consensus on the Syrian conflict thanks to common interests, according to EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini.

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Russia and France will organize joint military operations against IS

Posted by seumasach on November 19, 2015

TASS

18th November, 2015

MOSCOW, November 18. /TASS/. The Russian Armed Forces will organize joint military operations with the French Navy to combat terrorists in Syria, chief of the main operations directorate of Russian army’s General Staff Andrey Kartapolov said on Wednesday.

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U.S.-Russia cooperation key to fighting Islamic State in Syria – EU

Posted by seumasach on November 15, 2015

 

Reuters

15th November, 2015

Belek, Turkey. The United States and Russia must cooperate in fighting Islamic State in Syria, the president of the European Council said on Sunday, stressing Russia should focus its military actions there on the radical Islamists and not the Syrian opposition.

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Russia can bring stability to Syria

Posted by seumasach on October 16, 2015

“In conclusion, he said that right now, the most urgent measure is to achieve coordination between Russia and the West in order to avoid accidents in the airspace of Syria.According to Brenton, it would help to jointly start outlining common goals and a shared political stance on Syria.”

Russia Has a Shot at Bringing Stability to Syria – Former UK Ambassador

Sputnik

16th October, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s alliance with Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad may add to ending the armed conflict in Syria, according to the former British Ambassador to Russia.

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Obama cuts loose Syria’s civil war

Posted by seumasach on October 13, 2015

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

10th October, 2015

The Pentagon virtually announced on Friday that the US is pulling out of the civil war in Syria – recruiting and training rebel groups to overthrow the government of President Bashar al-Assad – and will instead concentrate its energy and resources on the fight against the Islamic State. The Pentagon announcement,here, followed a decision taken by President Barack Obama himself.

 

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Russia outflanks Turkey in Syria

Posted by seumasach on October 7, 2015

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

6th October, 2015

Turkey has voiced strong opposition to the Russian military intervention in Syria. How far will Turkey take this campaign?

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