20 May became aware of the statement of the Minister of Defense of Russia Sergey Shoigu. He said that Russia and the United States have begun to coordinate operations in Syria. Moscow proposes to launch joint attacks on Jabhat al-Nusra and other illegal armed groups. According to Shoigu, 19 in May in Amman started consultations between Russia and the United States on the development of formats for joint operations in Syria.
“We offer the United States, as co-chair of the International Syria Support Group, to start joint actions of the Russian Aerospace Forces on May 25 and aviation a coalition led by the United States for planning and attacking Jabhat al-Nusra troops, illegal armed groups that do not support the cessation of hostilities, and caravans with weapons and ammunition armed detachments illegally crossing the Syrian-Turkish border, "Shoigu quotes "Lenta.ru".
On the same day, somewhat later, another statement came out that was heard from the American side.
The United States, as before, does not intend to cooperate and coordinate its operations in Syria with Russia, said RIA News" Pentagon spokesman Matthew Allen.
“We have a memorandum of understanding with the Russian Ministry of Defense, designed to ensure the safety of our crews operating in Syria. So far, the memorandum of understanding has worked efficiently, and we continue to use it, ”a Pentagon spokesman told the press.
And he added gallantly something about adding fuel to the fire. Assad pours him, of course. For a couple with the Russians.
“As the minister said (meaning US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. - Ed.), Russian operations support and assist the Assad regime, which adds fuel to the fire. We are fully focused on the weakening and destruction of the "IG".
The Americans once again made it clear that in Syria, the United States and Russia have different, if not opposite, goals. Noble Americans are fighting with bearded terrorists, and wicked Russians help the most important terrorist, Assad. To interpret the promise of Allen otherwise it is simply impossible.
The theme of joint action in Syria, it is clear, so outraged the Americans that the reaction lasted for several days.
23 in May, another official statement appeared on the network through another serious US agency.
US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said at a briefing that Washington did not discuss with Moscow the possibility of conducting joint operations in Syria.
“We discussed with them (with the Russian side) proposals on long-term mechanisms and improving the monitoring of the cessation of hostilities regime; we are not talking about joint operations,” Toner said. "Vedomosti".
Earlier, the site of the Russian Foreign Ministry, specifies the publication, said that at the initiative of the United States Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with John Kerry: “The focus was on the situation around Syria, including the Russian proposals to conduct joint operations against terrorist groups operating in that country and other illegal armed groups that have not joined the cease-fire regime, as well as to curb the movement of militants and weapons across the Turkish border. "
Later Mr. Toner said something else.
Early morning 24 May on the newspaper's website Kommersant It was published another statement Toner, the press service of the State Department.
The State Department called on Russia to put pressure on the Syrian authorities to adhere to the cessation of hostilities.
"Russia bears a special responsibility in putting pressure on the regime (Assad. - Ed.) To end attacks and strikes that civilians are victims of, so that the passage of convoys with humanitarian aid for all those in need is immediately allowed so that the cessation of hostilities is fully respected, so that political negotiations to resolve the conflict have a chance of success. Such a decision will allow all parties to focus on the threat posed by the “Islamic State” and other terrorists, ”noted Mr. Toner in a statement.
Toner also noted that John Kerry, in a telephone conversation with Sergey Lavrov, called on a colleague to exert pressure on the regime to stop inflicting air strikes on the opposition and on civilians in Aleppo and in the suburbs of Damascus.
Washington's demarche was rated in Russia.
Rejecting Russia's proposal to jointly fight Dzhebhat an-Nusroy in Syria, the United States displayed double standards. This was stated by Deputy Secretary of the Security Council of Russia Yevgeny Lukyanov.
"They were asked - they refused ... This is their point of view", the newspaper quotes Lukyanova "Sight".
He believes that the actions of the United States against international terrorists in Syria testify to the “fairly ordinary” double standards of Washington.
“Everywhere there are shades of national interests, we will speak softly. It means that for some reason they understand something differently, considering that there are “good” terrorists, like “Dzhebhat an-Nusra”, and there are bad ones, ”said Lukyanov.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon is planning its own major operation in Syria (in Raqqa). However, he has long been planning it.
Recently something interesting has become known about this. Not without Twitter.
It turns out that the commander of US forces in the Middle East (CENTCOM), General Joseph Votel, secretly visited 20 in May on Syria, where he discussed preparations for an attack on Raqqa, the actual capital of IG. This was announced via Twitter by the special envoy of the US president in the coalition for the fight against IG Brett McGurk.
"While the activity of the leaders of the IG was reduced to recording audio recordings in the dark, the commander of @CENTCOM, General Votel, visited # Syria to prepare for an attack on #Rakku," McGurk quotes "Lenta.ru".
К news from Twitter, CNN quickly connected, saying that Votel was in northern Syria for several hours, visiting the American Special Forces station sites and meeting with local militias loyal to the United States.
And more news related to the phenomenon of a high-ranking official in Syria: Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, who is the spokesman for IG, published a sound message online. This man called the world’s bearded men to organize terrorist acts in the United States and Europe during the month of Ramadan (begins in June).
May 20 also learned that the Kurdish self-defense forces prepared for the assault on Rakka, entrenched in 37 km north of the city.
“In the central Russian media, information about the successful offensive of the American coalition forces on Raqqa is practically absent,” writes a columnist. "Independent newspaper" Vladimir Mukhin. “At the same time, a number of Internet portals report that military equipment and about 20 thousand fighters trained by American instructors from the so-called Syrian Demfront (SDF) are being deployed to take part in the storming of the city. This is quite a lot, considering that in Rakke itself, according to expert estimates, no more than 10 – 15 are concentrated in thousands of militants. The core of the SDF is made up of Kurdish people's self-defense detachments (YPG), and, in addition, according to media reports, ethnic groups include Arabs, Turkomans, Armenians and Assyrians.
As the observer notes, the families of militants are already leaving Raqqa. Terrorists evacuate relatives, while prohibiting residents of Raqqah from leaving the city. This will create significant difficulties during the assault. That must be why the airplanes of the US-led coalition threw leaflets on Raqqah urging civilians to leave the city.
“The border town of Ain Issa was chosen as the starting area for the operation,” indicates a columnist. "Free Press" Anton Mardasov. - It is reported that the "Syrian Democratic Forces" are likely to strike at once in three directions. A similar strategy has already been applied by the command of this coalition during the battles for Al-Shaddadi and the Tishri hydroelectric station. According to the Arab media, around 500 American advisers and special forces will take part in the assault. ”
Clearly, we add to this that with such special plans for the United States, no joint operations with Russia are foreseen. And the point here is not so much in the notorious double standards, but in the unwillingness of Washington to cooperate with the party, the ally Assad. The purpose of the White House and the State Department in Syria remains the same-to dump Assad. The Americans didn’t manage to do this directly, so they will go devious ways. In Washington, their dislike for Assad and do not hide. For the White House, both Assad and IG fighters who want to commit terrorist acts in the West are bad. And therefore the Americans will selectively fight with IG, conducting operations only where it does not help the “regime”.
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