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Russian Campaign Against 'US Plan' to Divide Syria

Russian Campaign Against 'US Plan' to Divide Syria

Thursday, 6 December, 2018 - 11:00
Russian Chief of the General Staff of Russia’s Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Moscow – Raed Jabr
Moscow has widened its accusations against Washington in what appeared to be an organized military and diplomatic campaign aimed at countering US moves in the East Euphrates region.

It also tried to convince other countries to support its positions during an event organized by Russia’s Ministry of Defense, which included a review on the developments in Syria and was attended by foreign military attachés and representatives of diplomatic missions.

This came one day after the comments made by Kremlin, in which it condemned plans to establish alternative entities in northern Syria.

Russia’s ministries of defense and foreign affairs joined the campaign by presenting what Moscow described as "facts that reflect the reality of what is happening on Syrian soil," according to Chief of General Staff General of Russia’s Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov.

Meanwhile, Russian’s foreign ministry described the US moves in Syria as “suspicious activities.”

Moscow ignored for the second day in a row US envoy to Syria James Jeffrey’s statements on the move to end the Astana and Sochi’s paths if the efforts to form a constitutional committee failed before mid-December.

He said Washington might use some of the weapons it tried in Iraq, in reference to the possibility of imposing no-fly zones in the north.

There was no immediate Russian comment on the US hints, but analysts said increasing Russian accusations were aimed at countering the possibility of Washington resorting to the Security Council and denying Washington international support for its moves.

“The situation is being strained on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, where the United States, relying on the Syrian Kurds, is trying to create an independent quasi-State entity,” Gerasimov noted.

“They are forming a government of the so-called Democratic Federation of the Nothern Syria”

“The Americans, supporting the Kurdish separatist sentiments with armaments supplies, allow them to oppress the Arab tribes,” he added.

He again accused Washington of turning a blind eye on the activities of the terrorists in its areas of influence, aiming at using them to achieve its political objectives.

“Today, the ISIS militants are present in territories east of the Euphrates, controlled by the USA. The rest of radical armed formations led by the Jabhat al-Nusra are concentrated in the Idlib de-escalation zone and al-Tanf area, controlled by the US-led international coalition,” Gerasimov explained.

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