Topic: Protests in Syria
Barack Obama Obama and Vladimir Putin will meet at the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland on Monday.© REUTERS/ Kevin Lamarque
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WASHINGTON, June 14 (RIA Novosti) – US President Barack Obama will attempt to convince Russian President Vladimir Putin in their planned meeting Monday that it is in Moscow’s interest to support the removal of Syrian President Bashar Assad from power, a White House official said Friday in the wake of fresh US claims that Syria has used chemical weapons.
“It’s in Russia’s interest to join us in applying pressure on [Assad] to come to the table in a way that relinquishes his power and his standing in Syria,” Obama’s deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, told reporters Friday.
The United States and Russia remain at loggerheads over the ongoing civil war in Syria as Obama and Putin prepare to meet on the sidelines of the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland on Monday.
The meeting comes a day after Rhodes told reporters Thursday that US intelligence had concluded with “high confidence” that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces had used chemical weapons multiple times over the past year – an assessment that has prompted Obama’s decision to boost military aid to the Syrian rebels.
The chemical weapons claim was met with skepticism and derision by Russian officials.
“The Americans have tried to provide us with information on the use by the [Syrian] regime of chemical weapons, but I will be frank: The report does not seem convincing to us,” Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov told reporters in Moscow on Friday.
Alexei Pushkov, the head of Russia’s parliamentary foreign affairs committee, dismissed the US assessment outright Friday, calling its conclusions “fabricated.”
Rhodes told reporters Friday that Obama would offer an “interest-based” argument to Putin on the Syria issue during Monday’s meeting in an effort to persuade “the Russians that they can best protect their interests by being a part of a political settlement that is real and that enables a transition away from Assad’s rule.”
He added that “there are no illusions” that the talks between Obama and Putin about the Syria conflict would be easy.
“What Russia has articulated to us, and publicly, is that they don’t want to see a downward spiral, they don't want to see a chaotic and unstable situation in the region, they don’t want to see extremist elements gaining a foothold in Syria,” Rhodes said.
Ushakov told reporters in Moscow that the United States and Russia “are not competing on Syria.”
“On the contrary, we are seeking a constructive solution to this issue which is vital for the situation in the region and the world,” he said.
Both the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (NATO) expressed concern Friday about the US claims of multiple chemical weapons attacks in Syria over the past year, which the White House said have resulted in 100 to 150 deaths.
“These developments can only reinforce the importance of a political solution and should accelerate the efforts of the international community to find a definitive political solution to the conflict,” Catherin Ashton, the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, said in a statement.
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Friday called the US assessment “a matter of great concern,” Reuters reported.
“The international community has made clear that any use of chemical weapons is completely unacceptable and a clear breach of international law,” Rasmussen said in Brussels, Reuters said.
Meanwhile, US Sen. John McCain repeated his call Thursday for the Washington to establish a no-fly zone “to create a safe area" within Syria.
"You can't do it with half measures. You can't do it with just supplying weapons," McCain told CNN.
In a conference call with reporters Thursday, Rhodes said the White House believed boosting assistance to the Syrian rebels is the most effective strategy at this point, saying a no-fly zone “would carry with it great and open-ended costs for the United States and the international community.”
“It’s far more complex to undertake the type of effort, for instance, in Syria than it was in Libya,” Rhodes said.
The Syrian government on Friday called White House claims about the use of chemical weapons in Syria “a statement full of lies based on fabricated information.”
Both sides in the ongoing Syrian civil war have traded allegations of chemical weapons use, with government officials accusing opposition forces of using chemical weapons against Assad's military in a March attack outside of the northern city of Aleppo.
Some 93,000 people are believed to have died since fighting broke out between Syrian government forces and rebels in March 2011, according to the latest UN figures.
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- rochefortfrancoisbla bla bla...00:45, 15/06/2013I hope Putin will help Assad to restore peace and stability in his country.
- Mikhail1228Putin not an Obamapuppet!01:04, 15/06/2013Why is this in Russia's best interest? They are mistaken to think Putin is a puppet of Obama's!!
- moistThe Syrians (and thereby) the Russians..01:38, 15/06/2013.. has the upper hand, are about to finally oust Obombah´s Ziomasters locusts and hyena droppings from Syria and he is threatening from a level of weakness? Good luck with that Onkel Tom, you are just a face, a black face and a house n*gger for your white McCain-like masters. Now go and enjoy your meal fool!
- bielecIncredible hypocrisy!!01:44, 15/06/2013The hypocrisy of Western politicians on this topic is reaching its highest point. What would Obama do, if China or Russia had officially supplied weapons to terrorist rebels and foreign mercenaries killing people on US soil? (Even though one could rationally argue that people in the U.S. have very legitimate reasons to get rid of the current system and of politicians that support it.)
Cowboy McCain is an irresponsible idiot - the world was lucky that this square head did not become a U.S. president. This would be a disaster.
“The international community has made clear that any use of chemical weapons is completely unacceptable and a clear breach of international law,” Rasmussen said. Where was Rasmunsen, when war crimes and crimes against peace were committed multiple times by Israel and NATO, in recent years?
It is easy to fabricate allegations of the use of chemical weapons by Assad's forces. It is impossible to prove that such attacks did not take place. Such attacks could have been committed by the rebels to provide an excuse for NATO's military intervention. Chemical weapons could have been delivered to them by Israel, by NATO or by their regional allies.
A regime change in Syria was planned by the West since the September 2000 PNAC document "Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century." In light of this publication, the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad's forces is just as credible as the official narrative of the 9/11 attacks. Both happened for the same reason, both were used to justify the same outcome.
Only the Syrian people can decide the future of Assad and his government. Only a national election can solve the problem and end the violence. Why is the West not supporting such obvious solution? Because an invasion of Syria is needed to protect Israel's illegal expansion and to control geopolitical position for future attacks on Iran and Russia.
There is no doubt about it and I am sure that president Putin is well aware of this reality.
- LocoIvanWhat to do???02:12, 15/06/2013“It’s in Russia’s interest to join us in applying pressure on [Assad] to come to the table in a way that relinquishes his power and his standing in Syria,”
Yeah, Good Luck with That!
'“What Russia has articulated to us, and publicly, is that they don’t want to see a downward spiral, they don't want to see a chaotic and unstable situation in the region,'
Which translates into 'we don't want to lose our ONLY 'southern military port'.
'they don’t want to see extremist elements gaining a foothold in Syria,”'
In regards to a 'no-fly zone'“would carry with it great and open-ended costs for the United States and the international community.”'
That's the risk you weigh nowadays when you play in that 'toilet'.
- bielecThe real reason07:25, 15/06/2013This new push for military intervention in Syria is a result of recent successful offensive by forces loyal to president Assad. The so called “rebels” – (foreign mercenaries, terrorists, and death squads sponsored by NATO, Israel and their allies) - are being rounded on Syrian soil and eliminated. Aggressive zionist elements in the West are losing control and are becoming more desperate.
- tec123Do we have any faith that Russia can stand up and protect it allies and interest this burning question is still left unanswered because of Russia’s lack of assertiveness on the International arena?11:21, 15/06/2013As we all know if Syria falls then Iran is next then an Oil pipe line runs from one of the Gulf States through Syria then on to Turkey on to Georgia or moreover they control Iran Oil then with the help of the Gulf States bring down Oil prices.
The West is making on secret about their long term interest and Russia is in the way of their goals so Russia must be moved aside or a friendlier President takes over Ruling Russia so Russia can be sell cheaply and kicked around as they wish.
But still one cannot blame the West here but Russia only because as the saying goes Russia wants to be treated this way, they are not asserting their foreign policy clearly. If one takes a look at the Syrian issue it is clear that Russia is seen as a bluff and weak due to Moscow frailer to show leadership when it comes to protecting their interest too much talk and explanations coming out of the Kremlin time to stop talking so much and show leadership.
Question for the Kremlin if the West attacks Syria what is Russia going to sit on the sideline screaming this is wrong and against International law whiles they are been kicked out of Syria and the Middle East?
Russia only has itself to blame here for failing to protect it interest aboard and at home effectively this is why every Dick, Tom and Harry can stick their finger into Russia face.
How much money Russia gives to International organizational? Does Russia know how this money is spending around the world; does Russia have any say on its contributions? It is time for Russia to use some of that money for their own projects around the world to promote their interest thru soft power no one will do it for them.
“The undisclosed rule is if there is a problem we can count on Russia to give generously they want to be seen as a good country through the eyes of the West they will give”
Well all taught somewhere along the lines Russia may capitulate in the face of Western pressure for Russia is still to prove to everyone moreover themselves that they can stand up and protect their interest, and this is where the West keeps outfoxing Russia day after day because Russia keep inviting criticism on Syria, besides send arms which is legal under international law there is still much more to be done for Russia to show they mean business when it comes to protecting their interest.
Now what is the US president is going to tell Putin if you don’t go along with us we will attack Syria and flip them according to one US senator and you Putin cannot do a thing about it because it would mean war between us. The truth is even if Putin goes along Russia will lose it base, if they don’t defend it they will lose it so what is next?
Russia had a right to defend Syria air space and sea lanes thereby preventing any attempt to create a no fly zone or sea blockade by take a proactive approach and lead from front instead of jumping to defend if they had done this then it would have been much harder for the West to even speak publicly about no fly zone and blockade.
This is Russia paradox one foot in one foot out and their genitals swinging between indecisions.
- tec123Don't blame the West blame Russia they like it so or better love to be treated as??????11:24, 15/06/2013The West knows only too well Russia is bluffing when it comes to Syria and cannot protect its interest.
- robin(no title)02:36, 16/06/2013Historically the USA has been a master of deception by creating outrageous excuses to declare war in other countries or to occupy territories (e.g. Vietnam, Panama, USA-Spain war, Mexico, etc, etc).
The USA did all of these crimes because there was nobody powerful enough to oppose this blood starving country. How does the USA dare to request that a legitimate Syrian government that controls more than four-fifths of Syria territory renounce this fact in order to please a minority of mercenaries that are ignorant and analphabets.
This is a blatant strategy to help the Zionist government to live undisturbed while its enemy (Syria) is slowly bleeding. The longer the conflict in Syria goes on the best for the Jewish entity.
Civil war winner e.g. USA, Russia, France, China, and others did not request overseas help to defeat the looser. The looser always requested foreign aids to sustain an unjust war. The USA will get involved in this illogical civil war because it suits the country with a big weapon industry, and the money of the Zionist lobby and multinationals that expects to reconstruct the ruins of the Syrian country. The USA and its cronies expect that the money invested in this war will be recovered when the mercenaries win the war and the country is governed by a puppet government.
The no-fly zone will be implemented by the USA, because the USA thinks that Russia is not yet strong enough, to oppose the USA adventure in Syria. The USA computer models for this war say that the USA has a very high likelihood that Russia will not intervene or help the Syria government. Let’s wait and see how Russia will responds to this disrespect by the USA to its friend the Russians.
- tec123Assertiveness is awaiting Russia and its military Georgia can be considered internal even it is International.12:28, 16/06/2013Bielec, Well said but Russia has an ambiguous way in showing it and I re post your take on it here,
What Russia will do, if NATO or Israel attack Syria may surprise everybody. Lavrov has stated that Russia will not allow another "Libya scenario" in Syria.
And I think all of us here is in limbo as to what Russia actions will be should a NO FLY ZONE BE SET UP.
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