Russia is a key participant in the talks on Syria ("The Washington Times", USA)

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Moscow is gradually becoming a central participant of diplomatic negotiations on the four-year civil war in Syria. On Friday, 28-August, the Obama administration sent to the capital of Russia one of its key emissaries so that he could discuss the conflict with Russian officials, following the recent visit of officials from Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Iran, as well as key representatives of the Syrian political opposition.

According to administration officials, following the positive experience of close cooperation with Russia on nuclear agreement with Iran, which was signed this summer, they want to seize the opportunity to jointly with Russia to develop a strategy for ending the war, which since its inception in 2011 was killed more 240 thousand people and deprived housing millions of Syrians.

Although State Department officials admit that serious obstacles to close cooperation with Russia still remain - in particular, the fact that Moscow together with Iran has supported the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for many years, as well as serious disagreements over the Ukrainian conflict. - The administration, apparently, hopes that it will manage to convince Russia to change its position.

Hence Friday's visit of US Special Envoy on Syria Ratna Michael (Michael Ratney) in Moscow, which took place after US Secretary of State John Kerry (John F. Kerry) discussed the Syrian strategy in a series of meetings with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the Minister Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia, Adel al-Dzhubeyrom (Adel al-Jubeir), held in August during his visit to the Middle East and Asia.

According to a State Department statement, the goal is to “achieve a rapprochement of positions both within the Syrian people and among foreign countries regarding the political transition process in Syria.

State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters that administration officials "understand that Russia takes a different look at the situation in Syria than we do."

“Frankly speaking,” said Mr. Kirby on Thursday, August 27, “their support for the Assad regime did not contribute to solving the crisis in Syria and only led to Assad continuing to oppress his own people with a new force. Undoubtedly, we hold different positions on this issue. ”

But US officials “are hoping that we have opportunities for cooperation in the search for a political transition in Syria,” said Kirby. “What it will look like and what it will lead to, we still do not know.”

“Discussions are just beginning, so the visit of Mr. Ratni is of great importance,” he added. “We understand that we still have a lot to do, but we believe that now we have a good opportunity to continue to cooperate with Russia on the issue of the political transition process in Syria.”

It is unclear whether this will result in the possibility of a new wave of international peace negotiations, such as those talks, which met officials of several countries, as well as representatives of the Syrian opposition fragmented in 2012-2014 years.

The results of those negotiations, dubbed “Geneva-1” and “Geneva-2”, ultimately faded away as a result of the struggle inside the opposition forces, as well as disagreements over the question of whether the overthrow of Mr. Al-Assad any further negotiations.

Comments Mr. Kirby suggests that the US administration is gradually reconciled to the idea that Moscow is now a key player in all that concerns Syria. In recent weeks, Russian President Vladimir Putin took part in the next round of talks to strengthen Russia's position in the search for solutions to the conflict.

In early August, Russia has hosted a delegation of representatives of the main Syrian opposition group, National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces. In addition, over the past few weeks, Moscow attended by senior representatives of almost all the regional powers involved in the conflict, including Iran, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

During his visit, King Abdullah of Jordan stated that Mr. Putin plays a key role in the "process of gathering all the opposing sides at the negotiating table for a peaceful solution."

But it is unclear whether the increased role will Russia the goal sought by Washington and its allies, namely the care of Mr. Assad as part of a peace agreement.

When the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia, Adel al-Dzhubeyr visited Moscow earlier in August, Mr. Lavrov told him that it would be wiser to work with the government of al-Assad and the Syrian army in the struggle against extremist Islamic state in Syria.

Mr. Al-Jubeir replied that Saudi Arabia, like the Obama administration, believes that "Assad is part of the problem itself, not its solution."

However, Russia has great influence because it is increasingly being perceived as a mediator between the international community and Iran, the main ally of the Assad regime, who, as the Obama administration insisted, should not participate in negotiations on a peaceful settlement of the situation in Syria.

Relations between Russia and Iran have been further strengthened since the signing of the agreement on its nuclear program in July. Last week, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (Javad Zarif) visited Moscow, arriving there shortly after their counterparts from Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

While the Obama administration has not said whether it will reconcile with the more active role of Iran in future peace talks on Syria.

Anger over Iran’s possible participation arose in Washington in 2014 after a statement by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that he invited Iran to take part in a peace conference on Syria, dubbed "Geneva-2."

As a result of intense debates and pressure from Washington and its allies, the United Nations had to withdraw his invitation.

On Thursday, Mr. Kirby ignored reporters' questions about this, noting that US officials are currently focused on "discussions with Russia and Saudi Arabia, as well as with the UN."

“At the moment, I'm not going to get ahead anyway,” he concluded.
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  1. +7
    1 September 2015 14: 36
    Zhirinovsky said, "all issues in the world must be resolved in Moscow," in my opinion he is right.
    1. +2
      1 September 2015 15: 15
      This still needs to be achieved, our liberal government, is more and more used to licking the heels in the Washington hosts.
      1. +2
        1 September 2015 15: 33
        Quote: avvg
        Zhirinovsky said, "all issues in the world must be resolved in Moscow," in my opinion he is right.

        Do you really think that Russia with 140 million people will be able to control all the processes of 7 billion of the world's population?
        And how will this control be carried out with the help of the 2.0 politburo and the small national elites looped over themselves?
        In this case, Zhirinovsky's statement is populism and akin to "Russia will wash boots in the Indian Ocean."
        Although, if you understand the words of Zhirinovsky not in a literal sense, some of his expressions may acquire a different meaning. Especially if you take into account how BRICS works now. wink
        1. +1
          1 September 2015 21: 38
          Quote: Sid.74
          Do you really think that Russia with 140 million people will be able to control all the processes of 7 billion of the world's population?

          The point is not 140 million against 7 billion. The fact is that everyone sees the position (decency) of Russia in resolving international issues, and the United States.
    2. -2
      1 September 2015 19: 31
      I propose holding a global referendum on the topic in which city all world problems should be resolved. They will whitewash either Beijing, or Delhi, or Ankara
    3. 0
      1 September 2015 20: 53
      It is, however, what kind of newspaper is it?
  2. +3
    1 September 2015 14: 38
    If we are not drawn into an armed confrontation there, then, of course, it’s nice to be “key”. However, with the partners there, that they are friends against Assad, we must keep our ears open. They each have a stone in their bosoms, that is still a freak show.
    1. +1
      1 September 2015 15: 16
      Quote: Stiletto
      They each have kamenyuk in the bosom, he is still freak show.

      ...Serpentarium. request
    2. +1
      1 September 2015 17: 17
      Quote: Stiletto
      If we’re not involved in an armed confrontation,

      and meanwhile, according to the Jews -
      Syrian planes are arriving in Russia to take part in the operation against the Islamic State, Israeli Ynetnews reports citing diplomatic sources.

      According to the interlocutors of the publication, the Russian military and aircraft are already at one of the government-controlled air bases in the vicinity of Damascus.

      It is assumed that the “already deployed” attack planes and helicopters will be involved in the fight against ISIS fighters (the activities of this organization in the territory of the Russian Federation are officially prohibited).

      Sources of the publication claim that in the coming weeks the number of Russian military in Syria can reach several thousand people: advisers, instructors, rear officers, anti-aircraft gunners and pilots of combat aircraft.

      http://rusvesna.su/news/1441111404
  3. +3
    1 September 2015 14: 41
    what are you doing? isolated we request
  4. +3
    1 September 2015 14: 43
    Quote: avvg
    Zhirinovsky said all issues in the world should be resolved in Moscow.

    What kind of selfishness is this? Or do you want Russia to follow in the footsteps of the United States? We are a peaceful and not selfish nation. It does not matter where the issues are resolved, if only the opinions and personal interests of all parties involved are taken into account.
    1. +1
      1 September 2015 19: 04
      Exactly! Full partnership is the respect of all and consideration of all opinions. And to develop decisions based on all opinions, but not forgetting their national interests. But everything must be decided deep. by, and not as, the US-policy of aircraft carriers and the twisting of arms by the Marine Corps. They will be afraid, no respect!
    2. +2
      1 September 2015 20: 57
      Volfycha, sometimes he brings it, after the second he starts yelling that he would be dragged to the Indian Ocean, he will wash his boots in it. A raucous dog is rarely biting.
  5. 0
    1 September 2015 14: 47
    In early August, Russia hosted a delegation of representatives of the main Syrian opposition group, the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces. In addition, over the past few weeks, Moscow has been visited by senior representatives of almost all the regional powers involved in this conflict, including Iran, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Well, they started a war. We must get involved, how tired of throwing our guys because they did not succeed.
    1. +2
      1 September 2015 14: 58
      It is impossible to solve this problem without Russia, Iran, and of course the people of Syria and their leader Bashar Assad, but most importantly, sponsors and friends of terrorists such as the United States, the Israeli regime and Wahhabis need to stop supplying and arming them, but so far these accomplices of bandits and murderers are this themselves did not reach.
  6. +3
    1 September 2015 14: 56
    Quote: avvg
    Zhirinovsky said, "all issues in the world must be resolved in Moscow," in my opinion he is right.

    Bold plus - there must be a distributor who will listen to the parties and in truth (strength in truth) will offer an option that will prevent both sides from falling face in the dirt, but will somehow help to solve the problem.
    Although it is necessary to carry the p.
    The main thing about your problems is not to forget - Lavrov himself will perfectly divorce, let the GDP solve the problems of Russia. We are waiting for Obama bow!
  7. +3
    1 September 2015 15: 12
    Let's see how Putin is consistent with friends and allies. He does not abandon thieves, such as Vasilyeva and Serdyukov, but how much is enough for long-standing allies.
  8. +6
    1 September 2015 15: 32
    I don’t know the truth or fake, but rumors have been circulating for a long time ....
    Media: Russian aviation arrives in Syria
    In the coming weeks, the number of Russian military in Syria may reach several thousand people: advisers, instructors, rear officers, anti-aircraft gunners and combat aviation pilots. http://www.livekuban.ru/news/politika/smi-v-siriyu-pr ..

    But this is a serious argument and very .... Or am I wrong gentlemen from Israel? bully
    1. PiP
      +1
      1 September 2015 18: 56
      Yesterday the LifeNews report was, they didn’t talk about our troops, BUT!
      http://lifenews.ru/news/160471 Видео- 1 минута 20 секунд
  9. +4
    1 September 2015 15: 40
    Why is the presidency of one person called democracy, and the other - the regime? What kind of word is that? We got it. Batka regime, Putin regime ... How do you like the "Obama regime"?
    1. 0
      1 September 2015 21: 46
      Quote: Sling
      .. How do you like this - "Obama regime"?

      "Fascist-libero-pseudo-democratic
  10. +1
    1 September 2015 15: 48
    And the United States, in any of its problems on the planet today, stumble upon the impossibility of solving it without the participation of a "regional state". And Black Plasticine has put its tongue somewhere lately. Something I have not seen in the media for a long time his wretched selfies with a narcissistic aura.
  11. 0
    1 September 2015 16: 13
    And did you believe the Americans? Yes, the ambassador arrived and immediately the coalition's action was strengthened, Turkey entered the war, this is an attempt to agree to "merge" Assad, that's why he pinned down, the United States does not want to talk, they need this war, but everything went wrong plan and already "friends" have become frequent visitors directly to Moscow (leaving the Yankees not their lot) here is the whole policy for you
  12. +3
    1 September 2015 16: 28
    If the foregoing is true, then Russia has made another effective military-political move.
    Strengthened its position in the Middle East, supported by the Allied army, entered into a confrontation with the Islamic State in their territory.

    from http://lenta.ru/news/2015/09/01/syria/
    Russian planes arrive in Syria; they will join in air strikes against the forces of the Islamic State. It is reported by the Israeli edition of Ynetnews, citing diplomatic sources.
    According to the interlocutors of the publication, the Russian military and aircraft are already at one of the government-controlled air bases in the vicinity of Damascus. It is assumed that the "already deployed" attack aircraft and helicopters will be involved in the fight against the militants of the Islamic State.
    Sources of the publication claim that in the coming weeks the number of Russian military in Syria can reach several thousand people: advisers, instructors, rear officers, anti-aircraft gunners and pilots of combat aircraft.
    A source of Lenta.ru, close to the Israeli power structures, said that, according to its information, there really are Russian military in Syria (mainly as instructors and military advisers), but he doubted the exactness of the transfer volumes mentioned by Ynetnews. In addition, the source noted that what is happening is well known in Washington and meets with “tacit approval”.
    According to him, it should be noted the high probability that the other day an agreement was reached between Moscow and Tehran on the coordination of actions, in particular in the field of strengthening the arms of the Syrian army. In addition, the source seems likely transfer of Russia the right to use another Syrian port (in addition to Tartus) to ensure military traffic.
    On August 16, Turkish media reported the arrival of six Russian MiG-31 fighters in Syria at the airfield near Damascus. The press then linked the possible appearance of these machines with the fulfillment of a long-standing contract for MiG-31E aircraft, concluded with Syria back in 2007, but never fulfilled for political reasons. However, Rosoboronexport denied this information on the same day. The head of the MiG RSK Sergey Korotkov said that he did not know anything about the supply of these aircraft to Syria.
    1. 0
      1 September 2015 19: 11
      Quote: Strashila
      If the foregoing is true, then Russia has made another effective military-political move.
      Strengthened its position in the Middle East, supported by the Allied army, entered into a confrontation with the Islamic State in their territory.

      from http://lenta.ru/news/2015/09/01/syria/
      Russian planes arrive in Syria; they will join in air strikes against the forces of the Islamic State. It is reported by the Israeli edition of Ynetnews, citing diplomatic sources.
      According to the interlocutors of the publication, the Russian military and aircraft are already at one of the government-controlled air bases in the vicinity of Damascus. It is assumed that the "already deployed" attack aircraft and helicopters will be involved in the fight against the militants of the Islamic State.
      Sources of the publication claim that in the coming weeks the number of Russian military in Syria can reach several thousand people: advisers, instructors, rear officers, anti-aircraft gunners and pilots of combat aircraft.
      A source of Lenta.ru, close to the Israeli power structures, said that, according to its information, there really are Russian military in Syria (mainly as instructors and military advisers), but he doubted the exactness of the transfer volumes mentioned by Ynetnews. In addition, the source noted that what is happening is well known in Washington and meets with “tacit approval”.
      According to him, it should be noted the high probability that the other day an agreement was reached between Moscow and Tehran on the coordination of actions, in particular in the field of strengthening the arms of the Syrian army. In addition, the source seems likely transfer of Russia the right to use another Syrian port (in addition to Tartus) to ensure military traffic.
      On August 16, Turkish media reported the arrival of six Russian MiG-31 fighters in Syria at the airfield near Damascus. The press then linked the possible appearance of these machines with the fulfillment of a long-standing contract for MiG-31E aircraft, concluded with Syria back in 2007, but never fulfilled for political reasons. However, Rosoboronexport denied this information on the same day. The head of the MiG RSK Sergey Korotkov said that he did not know anything about the supply of these aircraft to Syria.

      If this is so, then we will drag the Kshashtans from the fire for the Yankees! Just do not burn yourself on this. How many times have happened, saved and received spits in gratitude. Take at least the Second World War and the Japanese at 45
      1. 0
        1 September 2015 21: 44
        Quote: Kuzyakin15
        If this is so, then we will drag the Kshashtans from the fire for the Yankees! Just do not burn yourself on this.

        We do not drag for them, but for ourselves against them. Since when has the support of our interests in other regions become the dragging of chestnuts for the openers?
      2. 0
        1 September 2015 23: 46
        Quote: Kuzyakin15
        .Take at least the Second World War and the Japanese war at 45

        I wonder how you share these events? What was a separate war with Japan after WWII?
  13. 0
    2 September 2015 00: 22
    Quote: Strashila
    The head of the MiG RSK Sergey Korotkov said that he did not know anything about the supply of these aircraft to Syria.

    And he was obliged to report something, to whom and why did they deliver planes from the warehouses of the Moscow Region?
    And the news about the start of our operations in Syria is certainly exciting. Americans will put us in a kakahi fortune-teller do not go. Ears need to be kept sharp. Also, Israel and Turkey will saliva spray the district.

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