Syria: US, Turkey hold urgent meeting, Moscow relies on diplomacy

The Syrian army has almost regained control of the country’s largest city of Aleppo. Rebels of the Free Syrian Army are being ousted from the Damascus outskirts. The West, however, is seeking a regime change as the only possible scenario for Syria.
The issue was discussed during a special meeting between the U.S. and Turkey. Meanwhile, Moscow welcomed Syria’s deputy prime minister to focus on different matters.

The U.S. and Turkey have agreed that the time has come to call things by their name. The two countries` officials held their first ‘operational planning’ meeting on Thursday. Apart from Turkey’s Foreign Ministry Deputy Under-Secretary HalitCevik and US ambassador Elisabeth Jones, the talks featured military officials on both sides. The outcome of the meeting was not disclosed. It is evident, however, that the agenda of the talks focused on coordinating military, intelligence and political responses to tensions in Syria. The fact that the two sides discussed the future of the post-Assad Syria could not but add just more fuel to the fire. Earlier this week President Barack Obama said that any Syrian effort to deploy its chemical or biological weapons would change the US position on military intervention.

SyrianForeign Minister spokesman Jihad Makdisi admitted his country possessing weapons of mass destruction, adding that Damascus could use it in case of foreign intervention. It should be mentioned that Syria did not sign the Chemical Weapons Convention.

The Western countries rely on their own sources to learn what’s going on in Syria. During the meeting in Ankara the U.S. and Turkey agreed to create an ‘intelligence shield’ to prevent militants of the Kurdistan Workers` Party and Al-Qaida from entering the Turkish territory. This shield is going to be directed by C.I.A. agents.

Risks are quite high for the opposition forces to get access to chemical weapons. Besides, Israel fears that Hezbollah Islamists could also access the weapons of mass destruction. Syria has so far guaranteed that its arsenal of chemical weapons remains under strict control, Russia’s deputy foreign minister Gennady Gatilov told journalists…

“We have already discussed the issue with the Syrian officials to receive solid guarantees that its chemical weapons have not been moved anywhere and remain under strict control. It is necessary, however, to keep in mind that the situation in Syria is very tense. We all know that the opposition forces were joined Al-Qaida militants. If terrorists get access to chemical weapons, the consequences could be very grave.”

Moscow doubts that the U.S. has been watching the opposition forces enough to be 100% sure that they won’t be able to access the weapons of mass destruction. Although the U.S. indirectly backs the Syrian opposition, they also actively cooperate with Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

Russia believes that the Syrian nation should accept a different kind of support. Syria’s Deputy Prime Minister Qadri Jamil visited Moscow this week. The talks focused on the National Coordination Committee initiative on Syria, which suggests a full ceasefire, the release of political prisoners and hostages, free entry of humanitarian aid and peace talks between the government and all opposition groups. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov insists there is no other way to peace except national reconciliation…

“This fully meets the requirements outlined at the Action Group for Syriameeting in Geneva on June 30. We strongly believe that this agreement has not become outdated, and we appreciated the fact that the National Coordination Committee welcomes this initiative, increasing its chances to be eventually implemented.”

Most members of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria have left Syria this week after its mandate expired. The UN agreed to establish a civilian office in Damascus to oversee the situation and appointed Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi as the new special envoy to Syria to replace Kofi Annan, who had to step down earlier this month due to the ongoing violence. Mr. Brahimi agreed to succeed Annan as international mediator on condition that he receives strong international support for his efforts to secure a negotiated peace.

Source: The Voice Of Russia

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