On Wednesday during the meeting with the defense Minister of Lebanon by Yacoub Al-Sarraf in the framework of International military-technical forum “Army-2017,” the defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said: “In Syria we were able to separate one from the other — the moderate opposition from the terrorists is to create four zones of de-escalation and actually stop civil war.” According to Shoigu, it is allowed to concentrate the main forces on the struggle within the country between the opposition and the government, and the fight against international terrorism – with the “Dzhabhat EN-Nusra” and “ISIS” (banned in Russia as terrorist organizations) and other organizations joined them.
This optimistic statement of the Russian Minister of war for the “MK” commented the leading expert, Director of the Center for the study of the Middle East and Central Asia retired Colonel semen Bagdasarov. He said
– First, I will describe what is happening in Syria, and you really do decide, without being attached to any statements, continues there still a civil war or not.
First, Syria is now fighting to defeat ISIS, that is an element of the civil war, as the “IG” are fighting not only mercenaries, but, unfortunately, the citizens of Syria. And the fighting is not yet over.
Second, regarding areas of de-escalation and security, it is as if part of the territory, which does not obey the Central authorities, so there is still the question arises: how it will be handled. That is lacking an important element of political settlement in the whole country.
And the third is, with regard to the North-East of the country. In September there are elections in municipal authorities cantons, the so-called Federation of Northern Syria — is a Syrian democratic forces Democratic Union party controlled the United States. They occasionally engage in clashes with those forces which are in those areas de-escalate in the North-West. In particular, Pro-Turkish and Kurdish groups. Here’s what’s happening now. This is a civil war or not? Let everyone own answer to this question.