english.ruvr.ru – Syrian crisis: outcome crucial for the whole world
The only way to end the Syrian crisis is a negotiated political solution and the Geneva-2 international conference gives a perfect ground for such talks. The Syrian issue topped the agenda of a meeting between Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the Black Sea city of Sochi.
english.ruvr.ru – Putin, Cameron discuss results of Syria talks in a phone call – Putin’s spokesman
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and British PM David Cameron have discussed the results of Syria talks they had with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama respectively, Putin’s spokesman has said.
The leaders agreed to table the issue of Syrian conflict ahead of the upcoming G8 summit in the UK on 17 and 18 June, 2013.
english.ruvr.ru – Including Syria Air and ad-Dunya TV channel into US terrorist list is ”absurd” and ”stupid”
May 16, the US Department of State reported that it had included Mohammad al-Golani, Head of the Syrian organization the Al-Nusra Front that is acting on the side of the rebels, in the list of terrorists. At the same time, four officials of the Syrian government, as well as two companies – the Syria Air and the ad-Dunya TV-channel – were also included in the list of terrorists for the sake of “balance”. Geyda Abdel Latif, General Director of the Syria Air, and Husam Hassan, editor-in-chief of the news department of the Syrian ad-Dunya TV channel shared their opinion on the news with the Voice of Russia.
And here is a commentary given to the Voice of Russia by Editor-in-chief of the news department of the Syrian ad-Dunya TV channel Husam Hassan:
The United States have always had their own notion of democracy… But to accuse us, the journalists, of terrorism – excuse me, but it is pure stupidity! What is going on after all? Several Syrian civil organizations, which are existing for dozens of years and have a respectable reputation, are included in the list of terrorists. What for? We do not blow up civilians, do not kill people allegedly in the name of freedom, as Mohammad al-Golani (Head of the Al-Nusra Front) does. So, why do they equate us with him?
Phil Greaves – The CIA, Qatar, and the Creation of Syria’s Jabhat al Nusra
A recent interview given by: an ‘anonymous’ Qatari security official, has shed further light on CIA-led covert arms shipments to militants fighting in Syria. In this Reuters article, the security official and several ‘anonymous’ rebel Commanders confirm that Qatar has “tightened coordination of arms flows [plural] to Syria,” under alleged concern of weapons ending up in the hands of Al Qaeda linked Islamic extremist militants; the very militants as noted previously, that have continually formed the spearhead of the insurgency against the Syrian Government:
zerohedge.com – Mystery Sponsor Of Weapons And Money To Syrian Mercenary ”Rebels” Revealed
The tiny gas-rich state of Qatar has spent as much as $3bn over the past two years supporting the rebellion in Syria, far exceeding any other government, but is now being nudged aside by Saudi Arabia as the prime source of arms to rebels.
The small state with a gargantuan appetite is the biggest donor to the political opposition, providing generous refugee packages to defectors (one estimate puts it at $50,000 a year for a defector and his family) and has provided vast amounts of humanitarian support.
In September, many rebels in Syria’s Aleppo province received a one off monthly salary of $150 courtesy of Qatar. Sources close to the Qatari government say total spending has reached as much as $3bn, while rebel and diplomatic sources put the figure at $1bn at most.
For Qatar, owner of the world’s third-largest gas reserves, its intervention in Syria is part of an aggressive quest for global recognition and is merely the latest chapter in its attempt to establish itself as a major player in the region, following its backing of Libya’s rebels who overthrew Muammer Gaddafi in 2011.
Christof Lehmann – Erdogan´s White House Visit. White-Wash of War on Syria and Iraq