Monday 28 September 2015

Putin in New York

Putin is in New York today at the UN and to talk to Obama but (sensibly) flying straight out again

Much too early to say but it seems that Putin once again has offered the hapless Obama a lifeline and he may be forced to take it.

Assad’s enemies may be portrayed as opposition, but he fights terrorists – Putin


27 September, 2015

The only way to settle the Syrian conflict is to support the existing legitimate government in its fight against terrorism, Russian President Vladimir Putin told CBS’s ‘60 Minutes,’ adding he wants to see a united effort to fight the threat in the region.

Veteran journalist Charlie Rose sat down with Putin to discuss his much-anticipated address to the UN, the global terrorist threat, the situation in Syria and ways to tackle it, among other things.

Today, terrorism threatens a great number of states, a great number of people – hundreds of thousands, millions of people suffer from its criminal activity. And we all face the task of joining our efforts in the fight against this common evil,” Putin told Rose.
Upper House: No request from Putin to dispatch troops in#Syria
RT (@RT_com) September 24, 2015

The West has become more and more preoccupied with Moscow’s alleged increased activity in Syria. Recent reports claim that Russia has been sending troops, warplanes and tanks to the war-torn Middle Eastern country.

When asked about Russia’s presence in the Arab country, Putin replied that as things stand now, Russia’s activities have been limited to supplying weapons to the Syrian government, training personnel and providing humanitarian aid for the Syrian people.

We act based on the United Nations Charter, i.e. the fundamental principles of modern international law, according to which this or that type of aid, including military assistance, can and must be provided exclusively to the legitimate government of one country or another, upon its consent or request, or upon the decision of the United Nations Security Council,” said Putin.
US airstrikes ineffective, genuinely committed anti-terrorist coalition required – Syrian FM
RT (@RT_com) September 21, 2015

He pointed out that, from Russia’s point of view, there is only one regular army in Syria – the army of President Bashar Assad. “And he is confronted with what some of our international partners interpret as an opposition. In reality, Assad’s army is fighting against terrorist organizations,” Putin said.

He also said that US attempts to “train the combat part of the opposition forces” have failed. The US had aimed to prepare up to 12,000 opposition fighters, but only 60 of those fighters managed to complete the training and only four or five actually fought with the opposition, while others fled to IS with American weapons, Putin said, citing the US Senate hearings.

In my opinion, provision of military support to illegal structures runs counter to the principles of modern international law and the United Nations Charter,” the Russian president said. He also added that Russia is supporting only legitimate government entities and tries to ensure a united response to the extremist threat.
Russian military advisers work in Syria, longtime military cooperation ‘no secret’ - Moscow
RT (@RT_com) September 9, 2015

We have proposed cooperation to the countries in the region, we are trying to establish some kind of coordination framework,” the Russian leader said.
He said that he had personally informed the president of Turkey, the King of Jordan, and Saudi Arabia of the initiative, as well as US Secretary of State John Kerry, adding that the Russian and US militaries are in touch and discussing the problem.

We would welcome a common platform for collective action against the terrorists,” Putin said.

As for his forthcoming speech to the United Nations, Putin revealed that, along with counter-terrorism issues and Russia’s view on global events, he wants to speak a bit about the history of the UN, noting that the decision to found the international body was taken in the Soviet Union during the Yalta conference in February, 1945.

Of course, I will have to say a few words about the present day, about the evolving international situation, about the fact that the United Nations remains the sole universal international organization designed to maintain global peace,”the Russian president said, adding that “in this sense it has no alternative today.”


Hard to understand either the Russian or the English, but....

Lavrov addresses UN development summit

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attends the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015. The summit, which coincides with the 70th anniversary of the creation of the UN, aims at creating a new sustainable agenda to promote shared prosperity and worldwide well-being for the next 15 years.

Here is the CNN version

Here is what Putin said.

From Reuters

Russia seizes initiative in Syria crisis; France bombs Islamic State

27 September, 2015

Russia appeared to seize the initiative in international efforts to end the conflict in Syria on Sunday as Washington scrambled to devise a new strategy for the war-ravaged country and France sent warplanes to bomb Islamic State targets.

As leaders gathered in New York at the United Nations General Assembly, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry discussed Syria with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. He said that while it was vital to coordinate efforts against Islamic State militants this was not yet happening.

"I think we have concerns about how we are going to go forward," Kerry told reporters. U.S. officials said Kerry was working on a new political initiative in New York that would include Russia and key regional powers.

A senior State Department official told reporters: "It was a very thorough exchange of views on both the military and the political implications of Russia’s increased engagement in Syria."

Kerry also discussed Syria with Iran's foreign minister during a meeting at the United Nations on Saturday.

It was announced in Baghdad that Russian military officials were working with counterparts from Iran, Syria and Iraq on intelligence and security cooperation to counter Islamic State, which has captured large areas of both Syria and Iraq.

The move was seen in the region as potentially giving Moscow more sway in the Middle East.

President Vladimir Putin derided U.S. efforts to end the Syria war, which has driven a tide of refugees into neighboring states and Europe. He said Moscow, which this month sent tanks and warplanes to a Russian military base in Syria, was trying to create a "coordinated framework" to resolve the conflict.

"We would welcome a common platform for collective action against the terrorists," Putin said in an interview to be broadcast later on Sunday on CBS's "60 Minutes."

Putin, who will meet U.S. President Barack Obama in New York on Tuesday, branded U.S. support for rebel forces in Syria as illegal and ineffective and said Damascus should be included in international efforts to fight Islamic State.

He mocked U.S. plans to train up to 5,400 Syrian rebels to fight the group. "It turns out that only 60 of these fighters have been properly trained, and as few as four or five people actually carry weapons," he said.

Critics have urged Obama to be more decisive in the Middle East and Syria, where the United Nations has said 250,000 people have died after four years of conflict, and say lack of a clear American policy has given Islamic State opportunities to expand.

The future role of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a Moscow ally, remains a major sticking point.

The United States, Britain and some other allies in recent days softened demands that Assad immediately leave power, raising the possibility that he could stay during a transition.

.S. Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said on Friday: "We do not think it is credible for Assad to remain for any length of time as the leader," but added: "We appreciate there may be a political solution here where Assad is there for some period of time in some capacity while a transition takes place."

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, however, told ARD television on Sunday that the formation of a transitional Syrian government should be kept separate from discussions on the future of President Assad.

Steinmeier said he was not overly optimistic about prospects for agreement on a political transition among key powers.

Lies and propaganda to the last. No mention of Putin in New York by the Guardian but reports their own Dear Leader

Assad must face justice even if he stays for short time, says Cameron

Ahead of UN general assembly, PM stresses view that Syrian dictator has ‘butchered his own people’ and should be prosecuted for war crimes

Head of Putin and Obama's meeting- the last time (?) they met. No secret Putin despises Obama

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