Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has given a detailed explanation of
what was discussed during the meeting between himself, Donald Trump,
Vladimir Putin and Rex Tilleron. The meeting which was supposed to
last for 35 minutes went on for 2 hours and 20 minutes.
are the main points.
United States, Russia and Jordan will implement and guarantee a
ceasefire in south-western Syria, covering Daraa, Quneitra and
Sweida. The ceasefire will coincide with the creation of a new
de-escalation zone in the region which will be monitored jointly by
Russia, the US and Jordan. The details of this were enshrined in a
memorandum on de-escalation zones agreed between Washington, Moscow
ceasefire will formally begin at 12.00 Damascus time on 9 July, 2017.
stated that the US has agreed on the importance of respecting Syrian
sovereignty and will work for a political solution. The clear
implication here is that the US has agreed with Russia not to engage
in regime change in Damascus. In other words , Trump more or less
told Putin, ‘Assad can and will stay’.
Lavrov also confirmed that the new ceasefire and de-escalation zone
in south western Syria does not replace but compliments the
de-escalation zones established in the Astana Memorandum which was
signed in May of 2017.
Ukraine–Donbass War and Crimean Peninsula
Presidents of Russia and the US have agreed to set up a bilateral
channel of communication between Moscow and Washington on the
continuing war in Donbass and the deteriorating situation in Ukraine.
will shortly be held in Moscow between the Russian Foreign Ministry
and the US envoy for Ukrainian issues who was named today by the US
as Washington’s former ambassador to NATO, Kurt Volker.
discussions will work towards implementing the Minsk agreements for a
ceasefire in the Donbass war.
confirmed that Donald Trump did not offer a unique opinion nor any
solutions to the Donbass-Ukraine crisis beyond a commitment to the
existing Minsk agreements and the existing Normandy format for peace.
was also confirmed that Trump and Putin spoke about the Crimean
peninsula but no further details were given on this matter.
Russiagate and Cyber-security
Lavrov stated that Donald Trump accepted President Putin’s
assurances that Russia played no part in any hacking or meddling in
the recent US Presidential election.
and the US will continue to discuss this issue.
Lavrov conveyed Donald Trump’s assertions that the obsession in the
US with Russigate is “bizarre”.
and the US affirmed their commitment to cooperate in cyber-security
against terrorism, paedophilia, suicide encouragement and organised
Lavrov and Rex Tillerson will be in close communication over the
issue of de-escalation on the Korean peninsula.
and the US will also work on the issue within the UN Security Council
Russian Ambassadors/property in the US and Russian nationals in US
Trump has promised to work with Russia to expedite the process of
bringing new Russian ambassadors and embassy staff to the United
States after Barack Obama kicked them out late in Obama’s final
period in power.
two sides will also work together on the restoration of Russian
property in the US seized by the Obama regime.
two sides will also continue to work on the issue of human rights
matters concerning Russian nationals in US custody
including Viktor Bout.
refused to call Trump and Putin friends and instead said that, the
meeting was a, “Constructive
atmosphere because both Presidents were driven by their national
interests. They also both understood that both countries can only do
this (cooperate positively) if we search for a balance between the
interests of both our countries”.
future meetings were planned but both sides are committed to the
agenda outlined in the meeting.
far the most important result of the meeting was the creation of a
de-escalation zone for south west Syria and the accompanying
represents the second time that Russia has brought a state whose
position has been adversarial in respect of the Syrian government
into a political peace process that explicitly rejects regime change
and seeks to work constructively with Russia.
last time this happened was when Russia successfully brought Turkey
into the Astana peace talks.
have speculated that Iran is being jettisoned from the peace process
in Syria in favour of the US and America’s ally Jordan, but it is
still vastly premature to make such a statement definitively.
America’s deteriorating relationship with Turkey over the US
support of Kurds in Syria and possibly also Iraq appears not to have
the fact that the US, Russia and Jordan will be guarantors of the
ceasefire in parts of Syria bordering Israel, as opposed to Iran
which Israel has no relations with, means that Israel could cease its
illegal acts of military aggression against Syria, thus giving the
Syrian Arab Army and its Russian partners a better opportunity to rid
south western Syrian of al-Qaeda terrorists.
Putin scored a geo-political victory in bringing America into a peace
process that does not involve militant regime change, Donald Trump
scored something of a domestic political victory. He can now say that
after just a few months in office, he was able to reach an agreement
with Russia while Obama failed to achieve anything remotely close to
like questions over Turkey’s participation in the Astana process,
there are no guarantees that America will live up to its obligations
or that the de-escalation zone in south west Syria will work. In this
sense, as with Astana, the political and geo-political implications
are more important than the military implications.
speaking, Syria with Russian aid is quickly finishing off most
terrorist groups west of the Euphrates. Astana did not inhibit this
(if anything since the Astana memorandum was signed, this has become
expedited) and there is no saying that this new ceasefire will have
any negative impact on this. It could have a positive one, especially
if it causes Israel to cease its aggression against Syria, however
respect of Donbass, it is clear that Donald Trump has few concerns
about this conflict which realistically means that he will be less
likely to placate the fascist regime in Kiev than his predecessor
Barack Obama was. Beyond this, there were really no startling or new
developments on this issue.
on the Russian hacking allegations, it is clear that Donald Trump
believes Vladimir Putin more than he believes members of the
Democratic party, some Republicans and the US mainstream media. This
should not come as a surprise based on previous statements by Trump.