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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Expert: Turkish operation in Syria brought together Russia and the United States

In China, held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his us counterpart Barack Obama, under whom was raised the topic of Syria. The two leaders held a longer than expected conversation on a ceasefire in the Arab country, Reuters reported a senior official of the state Department, however, obviously, no visible results of the meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit did not bring.

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Obama and Putin spent about half an hour, discussing the cooperation between Russia and the United States in the fight against “Islamic state” (a group recognized in Russia as terrorist and banned), the supply of humanitarian aid to Syrians, as well as the cessation of hostilities in certain districts, Reuters writes.

As it became known shortly before the talks between the two leaders, Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his us counterpart John Kerry was unable to agree on the “silence regime” during a meeting at the same summit. Despite this, according to a source “Interfax” in the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, “the process continues, and the reasons for the dramatic statements that allow themselves to sources in the state Department that it does not work, no. However, Reuters notes that Kerry and Lavrov should meet this week for further discussions on Syria.

“If an agreement can be reached, we want it done urgently because of the humanitarian situation, – said the source Reuters in the state Department. – If we can’t get the agreement we want, we abandon these efforts.”

On the agenda now is the activities of the antiterrorist coalition, the political process in Syria, Turkish involvement in the Syrian conflict, and Syrian issues, said in an interview with “MK” head of the Centre for Arab and Islamic studies, Institute of Oriental studies, Vasily Kuznetsov. “I do not think that the fate of Bashar al-Assad is now important to discuss, – the expert says. – We understand that our positions do not converge and they are unlikely to converge. On the other hand, everybody is aware that to do that it is necessary. Accordingly, I think this issue is set aside in favor of more tactical questions, which can be a compromise. Also the Kurdish factor is very relevant”. Vasily Kuznetsov also believes that at this stage it is about the creation of a single coalition is not due to the specifics of Russian-American relations.

As for the questions, which now cause a misunderstanding between Moscow and Washington on Syria, that “the situation in Aleppo and the question of the demarcation of the moderate and radical Syrian opposition,” said the “MK” Professor, Department of history, political science and right RGGU Gregory Kosach. The focus of attention, according to the interlocutor of the newspaper, is the Turkish invasion of Syrian territory. “Moscow has already expressed his confusion in connection with the situation related to Turkey’s actions in Syria, but that same lack of understanding was expressed by Washington, so the question about the attitude to the Turkish actions contrary brings both the capital and between them does not cause serious complications.

With regard to the situation on the ground after the invasion of Ankara, the operation “shield of the Euphrates” has already resulted in the release of the Turkish-Syrian border from ISIS. This was stated by Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim. “All a terrorist organization has been pushed back – they’re gone,” – said the head of government.


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