english.ruvr.ru – Russia – U.S. to convene conference on Syria – Lavrov
Russia and the United States agreed to encourage the Syrian government and the opposition to advance efforts in achieving a dialogue, and to this end have decided to convene an international conference in late May which will follow up on the Geneva meeting which took place on June 30, 2012, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
”Russia and the United States will encourage the Syrian government and opposition groups to come to a political solution to the conflict,” Foreign Minister Lavrov stated.
”We also agreed on the need to try, and I think it will happen as soon as possible, possibly at the end of May, to convene an international conference to be organized in on the basis of the Geneva Conference, which was held in June last year,” said the Russian Foreign Minister.
english.ruvr.ru – US, Russia have similar positions on Syria settlement – Kerry
The US and Russia’s interests regarding the settlement in Syria coincide, US Secretary of State John Kerry told President Vladimir Putin.
The U.S. administration believes that our interests regarding Syria largely coincide, he said. This is so because the U.S. and Russia are interested in stability in this region, Kerry said.
William Engdahl – Israel’s ‘act of war’ against Syria – Madness or cold calculation?
To grasp what is going on inside Tel Aviv a recent timeline helps. On April 27, before Israel embarked on action against Syria, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov forged a new Russian alliance with Hezbollah in Beirut. According to Debka.com, an online source with reported close ties to the Israeli intelligence community, “This was Putin’s answer to Obama’s direct appeal for a partnership in the effort to terminate the Syrian conflict. Obama’s rejoinder was the green light he gave Israel to go for Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria.”
On April 30, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah made a public speech in which he for the first time indicated that his organization was ready to come to the active aid of Assad’s Syrian regime in the fight against Al Qaeda and assorted foreign and domestic “opposition” to Assad’s rule. Nasrallah also said charges that Syria used chemical sarin weapons were fabricated to justify foreign intervention. At the same time Iran called in the UN to investigate alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.
The next day, on May 1, President Barack Obama said the US is now ready to arm Syrian rebels and to increase efforts to topple Bashar al Assad. On May 3-4 the IDF bombing strikes took place.
… the weight of suspicion for the Israeli acts of war has to be not interdiction of potential “game changer” missiles to Hezbollah, but rather an attempt by Israel, with Washington backing, to prepare the climate of world opinion for a full-scale Libya-style NATO-IDF air campaign to obliterate Syria, as more than two years of surrogate arming and training of mercenaries and even Al Qaeda terrorists to wage a regime destruction in Syria appear to have failed. The Netanyahu aggressions are an ultra-high-risk gamble that could colossally backfire on Tel Aviv as well as Washington. The Shi’ite alliance of Tehran-Damascus-Hezbollah in Lebanon is backed firmly by Putin’s Russia with China supporting. The rebels are backed by Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Washington and now Israel. Already Syria, Iran and Hezbollah have promised retaliation. The situation has the potentials for conflict out of control.
Is anyone for the rule of international law, notions of just and unjust wars, classical diplomacy and basic human rights for a change?
Patrik Paulov – Israel och al-Qaida förenas mot Syrien
En av de tydligaste deklarationerna av Israels ståndpunkt gjordes i mars i år av president Shimon Peres. I sitt tal inför EU-parlamentarikerna i Strasbourg argumenterade han för en invasion av Syrien. Det var uppenbart att Peres är missnöjd med att de europeiska staterna och dess allierade i arabvärlden ännu inte gjort något militärt ingripande till stöd för de som krigar mot den syriska regeringen.
Därför gjorde israelerna själva en insats och bombade flera av den syriska arméns anläggningar. Valet av tidpunkt är också viktigt för att se israelernas motiv. Den syriska arméns pågående offensiv mot de utlandsstödda rebellerna har nämligen varit framgångsrik, vilket också noterats av västmedier.
Men är det verkligen så att Israel vill att al-Qaidaextremister ska ta makten i Syrien?
Naturligtvis inte. Men i ett läge när den syriska armén får ett allt större övertag har Israel – liksom USA och västmakterna – ett intresse av att stärka ”fiendens fiende” för att se till att kriget, kaoset och förödelsen fortsätter. Med målet att den västliga imperialismen på sikt ska kunna handplocka lämpliga ledare för att svagt, splittrat och osjälvständigt Syrien.
Russia Today – Russia suspects international PR to justify use of force in Syria intervention
There are signs that the international public opinion is being prepared for the possibility of intervention with force in the Syrian crisis, the Russian Foreign Ministry holds.
“Moscow is concerned by the signs of preparing the public opinion in the world to the possibility of intervention using force into the lingering internal conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic,” reads Monday statement by the ministry’s spokesman Aleksandr Lukashevich
Voice of Russia – Syria: ”It’s a war, and outside countries, specifically NATO, have fuelled it” – VoR’s Tim Ecott speaks to Syrian activist Mimi Al Laham, who says that President Assad ”needs to stay and see this through” to avoid a loss of sovereignty. Foreign countries should stop funding al-Qaeda-linked rebels and ”let the country sort itself out,” she says in this in-depth conversation offering a very different viewpoint from the mainstream western media version.
english.ruvr.ru – Putin discusses situation in the region by telephon with Israeli PM Netanyahu – Kremlin spokesman
Russian President Vladimir Putin held telephone talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Syrian conflict, the Kremlin said Monday, after Israel launched air strikes inside Syria.
Putin and Netanyahu discussed the ”situation in the region and the situation around Syria,” the president’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a statement to Russian news agencies, without giving further details. The Russian foreign ministry had earlier expressed concern over the air strikes.
english.ruvr.ru – Russian and Syrian Foreign Ministers discuss consequences of Israeli airstrikes
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem have discussed by phone the consequences of the Israeli air raid on a target near Damascus.
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, Lavrov stressed the inadmissibility of the violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and other states in the region.
He said that in the context of the devastating and dangerous conflict in Syria it is necessary to show maximum restraint.
Tony Cartalucci – In Wake of US-Israeli Attack on Syria, UN Reveals Terrorists Not Government Used Sarin Gas, So-called ”red line” both drawn and then crossed by US-Saudi-Israeli axis and their terrorist proxies
Clearly, Israel has been involved in Western designs against Syria from the beginning. Its role has been intentionally kept subtle until now, specifically to exercise options of last resort. It is now up to Syria and its allies to ensure they both survive increasingly provocative assaults by the West, while both winning the political battle abroad and sweeping away the remnants of the West’s terrorist proxies at home.
Press TV – Israel used depleted uranium in airstrike on Syria: Report
A senior Syrian official says Israel has used depleted uranium in its recent airstrike against the Jamraya Research Center in the outskirts of Damascus.
The official, who was present near the attack site on Sunday morning, told Russia Today that Israel used ”a new type of weapon” during the airstrike.
“When the explosion happened, it felt like an earthquake,” the official, who asked not to be named, added.
“Then a giant golden mushroom of fire appeared. This tells us that Israel used depleted uranium shells,” the Syrian official said.