Topic: Protests in Syria
MOSCOW, August 29 (RIA Novosti)
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- Syria: What Next?
- France Ready to Recognize Syrian Opposition Govt.
Moscow insists that terrorist acts in Syria should be investigated with UN and Arab League representatives, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
It referred in particular to the mass killing of civilians in the Damascus suburb of Daraya, where, it said, more than 200 bodies were found.
“This is yet another crime of a provocative nature,” the ministry said in a statement posted on its Web site.
“Moscow resolutely condemns these barbarous acts of violence,” the ministry said. “At the same time we insist on a thorough and unbiased investigation into all the circumstances of the recent tragedies.”
“All those guilty of these crimes should go on trial and be punished severely,” the ministry said.
The ministry reiterated that there is no alternative to Kofi Annan’s peace plan and the Geneva accords.
Al Arabiya television reported that more than 300 people were killed in Daraya, citing opposition activists. The opposition alleges that the dead were executed during a military operation by government troops on August 25.
Since it began with demonstrations against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in March 2011, the Syrian conflict has escalated into a full-scale civil war that has claimed up to 20,000 lives, according to estimates by various Syrian opposition groups.
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- lmFed up with Putin's foreign policy22:19, 29/08/2012Russia is afraid to act independently on Syria, because of its economic interest with the West and its dependency of foreign airplanes and military technology.
So they are dealing behind the scenes “look do as you wish we will just make noise and use our veto but that don’t stop you all from taking out Assad right?
- xama226Lm's analysis is naive06:08, 30/08/2012The roots of Russian weak foreign policy are basically two:
There was no procurement for weapons for the russian army for 15 years (1991-2005). This came about because the oligarchs looted russia and took the profits to London.
(About one trillion dollars according to Gorbachov). This policy still holds. The Oligarchs are taking out of Russia about 80B per annum
Putin began seriously considering building an army after the war for So. Ossetia where he was obliged to use soviet weapons.
Therefore if he wants to fix his defense weakness he must seriously begin to think about a method of taxing the looters (=Oligarchs) so that he can finance the rearmament of Russia.
The current defense doctrine is correct: defense of the territorial integrity of Russia. Unfortunately owing to a weak army in case of serious trouble they will be obliged to use
tactical nuclear weapons during a crisis. This the basic reason behind the timidity of their policy.
The western colonial powers (US,UK.France) know all this and are in a hurry to finish with Syria and go to Iran.
Obviously there are counterforces in Russia who can overthrow this situation if they decide that the ultimate game is control of russian resources.
There are too many imponderables which depend on intelligence estimates and actual knowledge of the plans for coercion against russia.
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