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The Syrian Ambassador spoke about the successes of the Russian Aerospace Forces in the fight against oil smuggling and about the difficulties in resolving the conflict

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Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad in an interview RIA News spoke about the successes of Russian aviation in the fight against the illegal export of oil from Syria and on difficulties in the negotiation process with the opposition.




Correspondent: “Mr. Ambassador, recently there has been a lot of different information in the media regarding the possible dates for the resumption of inter-Syrian negotiations. The Russian side has repeatedly stated that it is in favor of their resumption by the end of May in order to accelerate the political process. On the eve of a source close to the negotiations, told our agency that the next round could begin on June 15. Can you confirm this date?

Riyadh Haddad: Undoubtedly, this question should be addressed to the UN Special Representative for Syria Staffan de Mistura, as well as leading international players, such as Russia and the United States. However, if you ask whether Damascus is ready today for the resumption of negotiations, then my answer is yes. He is ready for any negotiations, and the leadership of our country regularly confirms the need for a political settlement, since only the people of Syria have the right to determine their future destiny.

However, today the question is not whether Damascus is ready for this, but who hinders the process of political settlement in the country. The answer is a number of countries, which include Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and Jordan. They all act on instructions from the United States. One of the main problems of the current crisis in Syria is still the open border with Turkey in the north of the country. Through these borders, the militants continue to penetrate into Syria, but through it they receive funding and supply arms. Now they penetrate to us, after receiving a very good preparation, and not as before - by untrained militias.

The United States also impedes the launch of the political process because it does not keep promises made by them. The American side does not consider it compulsory to implement any of the agreements and agreements on Syria that exist between the United States and Russia.

Washington must end its double standard policy. They promised Russia to draw a clear line between those whom they consider to be terrorist groups, and whom the so-called moderate opposition. They also promised to put pressure on the groups operating in Syria, so that they join the "silence regime", but did not keep their word. In addition, they refused to supplement the UN sanctions list with a number of factions, most notably Ahrar al-Sham and Jaish al-Islam.

Instead, they took advantage of the February 27 initiative (on a ceasefire regime) to bring thousands of militants to the territory of Syria along with huge amounts of weapons. Thus, the United States used the cessation of hostilities to achieve its goals.

- You have already touched on the topic of smuggling of oil, which, as you know, was carried out by militants from Syria to Turkey. Has it been possible with the assistance of the Russian videoconferencing systems to completely cut off these supplies? If not, by how many percent did you manage to reduce them?

- I can say that the Air and Space Forces of the Russian Federation were able to almost completely cut off the supply of contraband oil to Turkey. In addition, all tanks in which this fuel was stored were destroyed. However, there are still a few small wells that ISIL uses for illegal oil sales, including to Turkey.

- Returning to the inter-Syrian settlement, is Damascus ready today for direct negotiations with the opposition?

- We can not answer this question. Ultimately, everything depends not on us, but on the so-called opposition, which still uses the language of threats and allows itself to leave the negotiations. There is still no unity in their ranks - this, in turn, does not allow the government delegation to declare its readiness to begin a direct dialogue.

We declare: it is necessary to form such a delegation from the opposition, which would represent the interests of all segments of the Syrian society. The opposition that exists today does not satisfy this demand, and this is wrong.

- Let's talk about the Kurdish problem. Garib Heso, the representative of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party in Iraqi Kurdistan, told our agency that after being freed from terrorists, Rakka will enter the "federal system" created in northern Syria. If the Kurds declare their geographical autonomy under international law, will it recognize Damascus? If so, under what conditions?

- We constantly repeat that the solution to this crisis can only be mezhsiriyskim, it should be the result of an agreement between the country's leadership and its people. The political settlement is based on several points: preserving the integrity of the people, the country and its sovereignty. All this excludes the possibility of dividing the country and does not allow us to agree with the creation of a federal region that the Kurds offer. Therefore, any negotiations outside such a justification are unacceptable to our government.

- Mr. Ambassador, how effective, in your opinion, has the "silence mode", which operates in some regions of Syria, proved to be? Is the question of expanding its zone of action to other areas besides Damascus, Lattakia and Aleppo being considered?

“The Syrian army is the only party to keep quiet.” Any decision made by the commander-in-chief of the republic is binding on her. In turn, the armed groups not only do not adhere to a truce, but continue to continue shelling civilians. For example, only in Aleppo, over the past two days, about 118 people died. In addition, they shelled Dabbit hospital in the same city.

After the "Er-Riad" delegation left the negotiations, their patrons in Saudi Arabia ordered the fighting in Syria to continue. In response, they declared their intention to "burn the Syrian cities." After that, these groups began shelling Aleppo. And the shelling was not sighting, but chaotic. They began firing mortars and exploding gas cylinders. The victims of these actions were almost 120 people, among the dead - women and children, another 206 people suffered. These are the actions of "moderate opposition" that kill people and destroy cities.

I want to say that Saudi Arabia’s policy is aggressive, it is based on interference in the internal affairs of other countries. Over the past five years, Riyadh has been waging a war aimed at eliminating the Syrian leadership. The kingdom’s foreign minister repeats every day the outdated thesis that President Assad "must leave, either peacefully or by force." They are not worried about the sovereignty of the country, nor its people, nor any independent decision.

Thus, what kind of extension of the armistice can we talk about when it is violated daily by the armed formations?

- Over the past five years at least several times an agreement was reached on the cessation of hostilities in Syria. Do you think there are forces among the opposition with which the authorities can really negotiate?

“Anyone raising weapons against the Syrian army is a terrorist.” Anyone aiming at civilians from their weapons is also a terrorist. Therefore, the armed forces have the right to wage war against these people in order to protect the people. With this exception, we are ready to negotiate with anyone.

I am a candidate of political sciences and have never in my life met the term "armed opposition" in literature. Yes, there is also opposition in Russia, but has it ever taken to the streets with a weapon? The Syrian leadership responded positively to all earlier initiatives to resolve the crisis in Syria, participated in all meetings: Moscow-1, Moscow-2, in the Geneva talks. Our government is counting on a political settlement, and we rely on this, but it must be inseparable from countering terrorism on a military track. I understand what the oppositionists say, but do those who destroy power stations, bridges, roads, and water treatment plants really belong to the opposition? Against whom is this war being waged: against the government of Syria or against the people? What is happening in Syria today is an antiterrorist war imposed on it.

- Following the meeting, the International Support Group for Syria issued a statement in which, in particular, it pointed out the need to ensure access for the delivery of humanitarian aid to hard-to-reach and besieged settlements in Syria. In the event that the UN is not given the opportunity to send a humanitarian convoy, starting from 1 June, assistance will have to be dropped from the air. What is the position of Damascus on this issue?

- First, I would like to say that the Syrian government provides all regions of Syria with humanitarian aid. By maintaining regular contacts with humanitarian organizations under the auspices of the UN, it has created a plan for the delivery of aid to all regions. Any operation of this kind is carried out in coordination with our government, and in case of its absence is unacceptable. Therefore, we agree to conduct any operations, provided that they are agreed with us.

I want to ask: if they want to deliver aid to the Syrian regions, then why did they impose sanctions on my people? One of the reasons for the suffering the Syrian people are experiencing is the economic sanctions of the West. If they really want to help the people of Syria, they should at least lift these sanctions. If they do not want to do this, there can be only one reason - the desire to assist the armed groups.

- From your words, it becomes clear that Damascus refuses to accept humanitarian aid if this operation is not coordinated with the authorities of the country. What will be the official response in this case?

- We do not set any conditions for the supply of humanitarian aid in any of the regions of our country, we agree to negotiate. However, international and regional forces should know: in Syria there is a legitimate government with which you need to negotiate if they want to conduct any operations in the country. We don’t want someone from outside to think for us and make decisions for us. ”
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  1. avvg
    avvg 28 May 2016 13: 01
    +3
    As long as America, instead of with its satellites (Turkey, Qatar and KSA), is "putting a spoke in the wheel," peace in Syria will not last long and the conflict will continue.
    1. vorobey
      vorobey 28 May 2016 13: 19
      +7
      Quote: avvg
      As long as America, instead of with its satellites (Turkey, Qatar and KSA), is "putting a spoke in the wheel," peace in Syria will not last long and the conflict will continue.


      Damn, how do I sometimes want Russia to look like a big armored bulldozer ... to which both sea signs for the buoy and the pleas of "illegal developers" have to rake one hell out of it alone .. why is there that Assad who shovels with a shovel ... infection once walk like an iron like in that song, to the bottom and then ... laughing but as a tradition, only a bulldozer will move to Europe or to another garden, there are so many allies at once, they carry flowers, they meet, they all rejoice in victory ...
      1. cniza
        cniza 28 May 2016 15: 45
        +10
        Quote: avvg
        As long as America, instead of with its satellites (Turkey, Qatar and KSA), is "putting a spoke in the wheel," peace in Syria will not last long and the conflict will continue.


        You can’t agree on anything with America and you can never believe.
        1. cap
          cap 28 May 2016 17: 12
          +4
          Quote: cniza
          Quote: avvg
          As long as America, instead of with its satellites (Turkey, Qatar and KSA), is "putting a spoke in the wheel," peace in Syria will not last long and the conflict will continue.


          You can’t agree on anything with America and you can never believe.


          We are openly called the enemy state. What is it all about?
          They do not agree with the enemies, they are beaten in the face at best.
          The Minsk agreements, the RMSD treaty, "do not fly here and there" - Russia means observe, and EVERYTHING is possible with mattresses.
          Maybe all the same a donut hole in the otvetku.
          And it turns out just like in a respected book - "turn the other cheek."
          Matrasia is continuous sectarians to them that the Bible, that the Koran is not a decree.
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      3. sabakina
        sabakina 28 May 2016 17: 39
        +9
        Quote: vorobey


        Damn, how do I sometimes want Russia to look like a big armored bulldozer ... which actually has to rake the sea signs for the buoy and the pleas of "illegal developers" alone ..

        "Oh, give the order to Brusilov to stop this useless slaughter," the empress called in her letters, "our Friend is worried!" Brusilov did not heed their advice - he pressed. Under his command, the Russian army proved to the world that it is capable of performing miracles. As a result, Russia, as if with a powerful pump, pumped out eleven German divisions from France, and pulled out six Austro-Hungarian divisions from Italy to the East: the Entente coalition breathed a sigh of relief. The legend of the "Russian steam rink" capable of rolling out the whole of Europe like a good blooming into a thin pancake - this legend survives ...
        Valentin Pikul.
  2. 31rus2
    31rus2 28 May 2016 13: 11
    +6
    Dear, here is the ambassador and said what our diplomats should have said: "The United States does not comply and does not want to comply with any agreements on Syria (this is their policy for all treaties), what else to add
    1. vorobey
      vorobey 28 May 2016 13: 24
      +7
      Quote: 31rus2
      Dear, here is the ambassador and said what our diplomats should have said: "The United States does not comply and does not want to comply with any agreements on Syria (this is their policy for all treaties), what else to add


      Vysotsky, this topic has long been revealed ...

      Tender Truth walked in beautiful clothes,
      Dressed up for orphans, blessed ones, cripples.
      The Brutal Falsehood lured this Truth to itself, -
      Like, stay with me for the night.

      And the gullible Truth calmly fell asleep,
      Drooling and smiling in a dream.
      The cunning lie pulled the blanket over itself,
      I dig into the truth and was completely satisfied.

      And she got up and cut her face with a bulldog, -
      A woman is like a woman, and what to please her for?
      There is no difference between Truth and Falsehood
      Unless, of course, undress both.

      Golden ribbons cleverly braided from braids
      And she grabbed clothes, trying on by eye,
      I took the money, and the clock, and more documents,
      She spat, cursed filthily and went out.

      Only in the morning I discovered the truth is missing
      And she marveled, looking herself over businessly, -
      Someone already, having obtained somewhere black soot,
      I smeared out the pure Truth, but nothing.

      The truth laughed when stones were thrown at her:
      “A lie is all, and on a lie - my robe! ..”
      Two blessed crippled protocol
      And they called her bad words.

      The bitch scolded her, and worse than the bitch,


      They smeared clay, lowered the yard dog:
      - That the spirit was gone! One hundred and one kilometer
      Evict, send in twenty-four hours.

      That protocol was an offensive tirade,
      (By the way, someone else's affairs were hung by Truth):
      Say, some scum is called Truth,
      Well, she, all as is, drank naked.

      Naked Truth swore, swore and wept,
      She was sick for a long time, wandered, needed money.
      Dirty Lie thoroughbred stole
      And rode on long and thin legs.

      However, it’s easy to get along with a deliberate lie,
      True pricked her eyes and stuck with her.
      Wandering now, incorruptible, on the road,
      Because of his nakedness, avoiding people.

      A certain eccentric is still fighting for Truth, -
      True, in his speeches - the truth on a broken penny:
      -Pure Truth will triumph over time,
      If it does the same as a manifest Falsehood.


      Vladimir Vysotsky - The Parable of the Truth - Lyrics, translation http://www.megalyrics.ru/lyric/vladimir-vysotskii/pritcha-o-pravdie.htm#ixzz49wd

      ekMDA
    2. Lelek
      Lelek 28 May 2016 17: 50
      +2
      Quote: 31rus2
      what else to add


      What to add? But the Syrian government (legitimate) appealed to the Government of the Russian Federation with a request to restore the structure of the fuel and energy complex of Syria, which says a lot and is essentially a spoon of potassium cyanide in a glass of American whiskey.
      (cry)
  3. megafair
    megafair 28 May 2016 13: 30
    +1
    I wonder how the "peacekeepers led by democratizers from Pind0stan" would have reacted if the Syrian authorities had banned any "aid", including flights, etc., on their territory EXCEPT Russia :)
    According to the letter of international law - we could within a couple of days - close the Syrian-Turkish border (not closed yet, because the Turks are members of a coalition led by the Pindos, and of the type - they can also participate in hostilities, although who allowed them - not understandably).
    + To bring down ALL terrorists, and who is already moderate and who is not - Allah, Subhanu wa Ta'ala, will figure it out;)
  4. Banishing liberoids
    Banishing liberoids 28 May 2016 13: 50
    +2
    To the Saudis tomorrow all the oil is over, and Cataract gas !!! rotten -that anyone needs to be driven into the Stone Age by bombing!
  5. avg-mgn
    avg-mgn 28 May 2016 15: 07
    +2
    Quote: 31rus2
    Dear, the ambassador said what our diplomats had to say: "The US does not comply and does not want to comply with any agreements on Syria(this is their policy for all contracts), what else to add

    Dear, Lavrov is already a callus in the language of this phrase, Putin literally the day before yesterday practically repeated word for word.
    1. 31rus2
      31rus2 28 May 2016 16: 50
      +2
      Well, where's it going? When the VKS operation began, many of us asked this question what Russia would do if the United States and the coalition land in Syria, if the United States is able to aggravate the situation (on its own or with the help of other countries). Why instead of reinforcing the VKS we went to reduce grouping
      1. NDR-791
        NDR-791 28 May 2016 19: 59
        +1
        Because at this point in time we have "squeezed out" everything that we need at the moment. If in the future Syria, led by its own government, cannot cope on its own, then we will look for other ways to stay firmly in the region (Greece, Egiped?). Despite the NATO membership of the same Greece ... Remember the Norwegian base (you shit more) which people bought and rented out. And no European court can prohibit our soldiers on this base to be controlled.
        1. 31rus2
          31rus2 28 May 2016 20: 12
          0
          Do you yourself read the bulletins?
  6. Bear in the north
    Bear in the north 28 May 2016 15: 36
    +3
    Well done, clearly and directly cut ....
    I am a candidate of political sciences and have never in my life come across the term "armed opposition" in the literature. Yes, there is also opposition in Russia, but has it ever taken to the streets with weapons?
    Respect.
    1. NDR-791
      NDR-791 28 May 2016 20: 13
      +1
      never in my life did I come across the term "armed opposition" in the literature.
      We also use the term "illegal armed groups". Is this to separate them from the legitimate ones? After so many years (the media term is from 99, but in reality it arose in 95). And what about the "Amur partisans?" Just don't need a TV gum about young people and luring people. We have no opposition !, And those whom the authorities have gotten with their indifference not to the streets, but to the taiga, because on the street you are the target, and in the forest the master! (Well, if you know what this is about).
    2. 31rus2
      31rus2 28 May 2016 21: 02
      +1
      Dear, this shows that even in a difficult situation, politicians can speak in plain text and this inspires respect for both the position and the people as a whole
  7. masiya
    masiya 28 May 2016 20: 29
    +1
    what the talking shop is about, the Syrian himself admits that "... today the question is not whether Damascus is ready for this, but who is hindering the process of political settlement in the country. The answer is a number of countries, including the Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and Jordan. All are acting under the direction of the United States. " everything is extremely brief and clear, they won't jump higher than a black monkey ...
  8. In100gram
    In100gram 28 May 2016 22: 11
    +1
    Amers can never be trusted. Only we can bring peace to Syria. What we are doing slowly
  9. Erg
    Erg 29 May 2016 00: 41
    +1
    The enemy (igil) must be cut off from the supply. And that’s it! How many airplanes do you need? Departures? Intelligence? Maybe something is missing? ..
  10. Barakuda
    Barakuda 29 May 2016 04: 40
    0
    The Ambassador went around the casual Kurdish question. Kurds damn, this is not a concussion like the Crimean menjlis. The real side. And it would be nice to be allies.
    The truth is then to declare war on the Turkmens .. what

  11. Barakuda
    Barakuda 29 May 2016 04: 54
    +1
    A trifle, but they didn’t raise me like that. Stalin Died. I’m talking about the Kurds. And then these guys in Kalash and RPG-7, at least in their hands.
  12. Zomanus
    Zomanus 29 May 2016 06: 37
    0
    The war is on ... another. And everything is against us.
    And all right, if it were on the military front, and indeed on the diplomatic, economic and other fronts.
    And not on one. And it’s hard for us to track these battles and the connection between them. That’s why it’s not clear
    why not take and gasp. And what this will turn out to be, we don’t even know.