by Alex Christoforou
A possible deal to the ongoing conflict in Syria may be in the works, after a tense “no deal” meeting took place between Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama.
First we got the news that no deal could be reached between Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama on the war raging in Syria. Now reports coming out of Reuters say that a possible solution to the Syrian crisis may be in the works.
Russia needs to proceed with caution. Last time deals were made Obama used the time-outs to re-arm his “good guy” terrorists.
Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama did not clarify what a deal will look like, but they did announce that progress to clarify “the remaining gaps” had been made and directed Kerry and Lavrov to meet as early as this week to hammer out a deal.
As Reuters reports, the main sticking point…
Russia has insisted that it cannot agree to a deal unless opposition fighters, backed by the United States and Middle East allies, are separated from al-Qaeda linked militants they overlap with in some areas.
And therein lies the rub. The crux of the Syrian war. Russia holds firm to its position that the United States, after 5 years of supporting “moderate rebels” in Syria, finally reveal to the entire world who these guys are, and separate them from the bad terrorist forces known as Al Nusra, aka Al Qaeda, aka ISIS.
Problem is Obama has no clue who the “moderate rebels” in Syria are, or could be.
What was a name branding/marketing trick to get the American public on board for another US war/regime change operation in the Middle East, has turned into another exceptional American foreign policy disaster.
Obama’s first and foremost priority in Syria was and is regime change…arming Al Qaeda/Al Nusra (and a little ISIS) in order to achieve those aims was not a major concern for the Obama White House.
Obama’s concern was fooling the American public into believing that he was not funding Al Qaeda and ISIS, but rather was weaponising a rag tag band of democracy loving underdogs, fighting to win freedom from a brutal dictator.
The ridiculous script began to fall apart when the “freedom loving rebels” began chopping off little boy’s heads, and running over people on the streets on Nice.
Enter Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull the curtain back on Obama’s charade, as Russia began bombing all terrorists, even the “good guy” terrorists funded by America.
So here we are, September 4-5, 2016 at the G20 Summit in the Chinese city of Hangzhou.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said…
“The meeting was longer than planned.”
“Syria was first and foremost discussed, and Ukraine. After that Obama and Putin talked one-on-one.”
“Work will continue.”
Judging from a few pictures released during Putin and Obama’s talks, the Russian President appears confident and committed, Obama looks confused…
On Monday in Hangzhou, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry continued their talks on the sidelines of the summit.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement…
“The discussion continued on cooperation mechanisms between our countries, in order to eliminate terrorists on Syrian territory; this should help develop a political solution to the conflict in Syria, which has lasted for many years.”
Reuters says it has obtained a copy of a letter from Washington’s Syria envoy, Michael Ratney, dated September 3, to the armed opposition, which lays out some of the ceasefire terms…
“It would oblige Russia to prevent warplanes from bombing areas held by the mainstream opposition, require the withdrawal of Damascus’s forces from a supply route north of Aleppo, and focus on the delivery of humanitarian aid, unhindered by warring sides, to the city’s population,” the agency quotes the letter as saying.
“In return, the United States would coordinate with Russia in fighting against al-Qaeda, it said, without elaborating,” the agency adds.
“The Syrian government and Russia were also to avoid bombing areas where more moderate insurgent groups are operating close to Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, previously the al Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front,” it says.