Turkiet erkänner att inget olagligt fanns ombord på det civilflygplan man tvingade ner för en vecka sen, enligt ryska utrikesministeriet – Ankara Retracts: Turkey ‘Admits’ Russian Air Cargo to Syria Was Legal
The Turkish authorities recognize the legitimacy of the cargo seized from a Moscow-Damascus passenger plane but have a problem with its processing, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Thursday.
“The Turkish side does not in principle question the legitimacy of the cargo that was seized but is unhappy with the transportation notification procedure,” spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said.
“Our Turkish partners have now effectively retracted the initial allegations that there was ammunition on board,” he added.
Russia Today – Russia offers Washington advice – for a change in Syria
The United States should refrain from lecturing Russia regarding its policy on Syria and at the same time stop sponsoring the Syrian opposition, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Thursday.
”We also have our opinion as to what Washington should do,” Lukashevich said. ”We would like, for instance, for the United States to use its close ties with the Syrian opposition not to provide it with financial and logistics assistance.”
Lukashevich, citing the US media as his source, said Washington may wish to reconsider providing the Syrian opposition “information furnished through intelligence services, as well as the supply of arms…from the military arsenals of third nations.”
Instead, the US could ”encourage the opposition to seek a political settlement and broad inter-Syrian dialogue,” he noted.
Press TV’s News Analysis has interviewed Sharif Nashashibi , the chairman of the Arab Media Watch from London, to further discuss the issue at hand.
He is joined by two other observers: Caleb Maupin with the International Action Center from New York, and Randy Short with the Dignity, Human Rights and Peace Organization from Washington.
washingtonpost.com – U.S. secretly backed Syrian opposition groups, cables released by WikiLeaks show
The State Department has secretly financed Syrian political opposition groups and related projects, including a satellite TV channel that beams anti-government programming into the country, according to previously undisclosed diplomatic cables.
The London-based satellite channel, Barada TV, began broadcasting in April 2009 but has ramped up operations to cover the mass protests in Syria as part of a long-standing campaign to overthrow the country’s autocratic leader, Bashar al-Assad.
Barada TV is closely affiliated with the Movement for Justice and Development, a London-based network of Syrian exiles. Classified U.S. diplomatic cables show that the State Department has funneled as much as $6 million to the group since 2006 to operate the satellite channel and finance other activities inside Syria.
voltairenet.org – ”It is illusory to believe that Syria can be broken!”, Interview with Ammar Bagdach, secretary general of the Syrian Communist Party
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Daniel McAdams – Implosion of Syria Myths a ‘Nervous Breakdown’ for US, Allies
It is a myth that the initial peaceful protests only turned violent reluctantly after they were met with force by the regime. In fact we see plans early on to turn events in Syria toward regime change. We saw it early in the 1996 US neo-conservative “Clean Break” study for then-Prime Minister Netanyahu, which urged him to “contain, destabilize, and roll-back” Syria and other countries in the region. We saw it more recently in numerous influential think tank studies like that of Brookings’ Saban Center’s oft-cited report early this year tellingly titled, “Saving Syria: Assessing Options for Regime Change.”
Turkey stages new wargames near border with Syria