Moscow Sure Jabhet Al-Nusra to Get Western Weapons If Delivered to Syria

MOSCOW- Russia has no doubt that Jabhet al-Nusra  (al-Nusra Front) will get western weapons if they are delivered  to Syria, stressed Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

In a statement to the "Russia Today" Channel on Thursday, Lavrov said that Russia's difference with Western countries  is related to the way of settling the crisis in Syria not to the final goals. He stressed that all concerned parties don't want the "Iraqi scenario" to be repeated in Syria.

Lavrov said that the Syrian government has informed Moscow about its agreement on G8 summit recommendations and has renewed readiness to take part in the forthcoming international conference scheduled to discuss Syria in Geneva.

Meantime, Lavrov pointed out that the western countries aren't sure that they can convince the "Syrian opposition" of the need to participate in the conference.

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Germany will not supply weapons to the Syrian "opposition" - Merkel

This statement came from German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the press-conference after meeting with US president Barack Obama in Berlin, according to  Voice of Russia, BBC, TASS.

Obama refuses to specify US aid to "rebels in Syria

Barack Obama refused to specify the exact nature of new US military aid to "rebels" in Syria, after his officials let it be known they could expect shipments of small arms.

"I cannot and will not comment on specifics on our programs related to the Syrian "opposition"," Obama said at the press conference.

US for negotiating out of "Syria crisis"

Addressing the press conference in Germany, President Barack Obama said today he wanted to see Syria a united  and peaceful country, and stressed the immediate goal was to put an end to the two-year" bloodshed in the region".

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Putin ‘Not Lonely’ at G8 Summit

LOUGH ERNE, Northern Ireland– Russian President Vladimir Putin has played down assertions that, regarding how to deal with the "Syria conflict", he alone was opposing all other leaders of the Group of Eight powerful economies in talks this week in Northern Ireland,according to RIA Novosti.

When asked by a reporter whether he felt “lonely,” Putin said: “No, that’s absolutely not true. It was a general discussion, someone was agreeing and others were arguing. But Russia was never left to defend its approach to the "Syrian problem" on its own.”

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European Solidarity Front for Syria Launches New "Hands off Syria" campaign

PRAGUE- The European Solidarity Front for Syria has launched a new campaign in the downtown of the Czech capital, Prague to voice support for Syria.

The front's activists pasted large posters on walls in different parts of the capital and other Czech cities. They also distributed cotton T-shirts on which the slogan "Hands off Syria" was written, in a call for halting foreign, regional and Arab support for terrorist groups in Syria.

On its facebook page, the front said that many of its members and supporters took part in the international solidarity rally held last week in Rome, where Patrick Fondra, a front member, made a speech calling for rejecting all ongoing attempts to change the legitimate government in Syria and for holding the West, the Gulf states and Turkey responsible for the bloodshed caused by the acts of terrorism committed by the armed terrorist groups in Syria.

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Putin: No Proof the Syrian Government Used Chemical Weapons

There is no proof that the Syrian government used chemical weapons, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during the G8 summit. Some of the G8 countries share this view, he added.

RT quoted President Putin as saying today:“We do not have any facts of the use of such weapons by the Syrian government. I assure you, that by no means all the G8 members believe that they were used.”

The Russian President stressed he “never felt isolated” at the summit despite the difference in views, and said the G8 leaders have been seeking a common solution to the Syrian conflict.

Supplying arms to the ''rebels'' based on unconfirmed reports that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian government would further destabilize Syria, Putin warned.

Putin urged Western nations not to be hasty in arming the Syrian opposition, saying that such weapons could fall into the wrong hands, or be uncontrollable.

“I call on all our partners to think twice before making such steps. It is a very dangerous stuff,” the President said, reminding of “horrible” and “tragic” Woolwich murder in the UK..

He the stressed that there are “loads of such criminals fighting for the [Syrian] opposition, who could commit a brutal murder like this.”

The G8 Summit was concluded in Northern Ireland Tuesday pledging –with regard to the crisis in Syria- as to:

 Increase commitment to humanitarian aid.

"Maximize the diplomatic pressure" to bring all sides to the table as soon as possible.

Back a "transitional governing body" for Syria.

"Learn the lessons of Iraq" and maintain Syria's public institutions.

Work together to "rid Syria of terrorists and extremists"

Condemn the use of chemical weapons "by anyone" in Syria, also new Cameron said.

Support a new government in Syria. 

 

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No-fly zone to play into extremists' hands, impede intl. conference on Syria - Lavrov

MOSCOW- Appeals for creating "humanitarian corridors" and a no-fly zone in Syria "concur" with the operations of extremists and impede the international peace conference for Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, according to the Voice of Russia.

 "The adoption of various documents, which put the entire responsibility for the Syrian events on the Syrian authorities, the declared intentions to arm the militants, the appeals for a no-fly zone in Syria and the "humanitarian corridors" initiative do not help prepare the conference," he said in an interview with the Kuwaiti news agency KUNA.

"Those who are taking these steps should realize that they actually concur with the field operations of Al Qaeda terrorists and other extremists who are also trying to impede the convocation of the conference and peace progress in Syria at large with cruel terror attacks, among them the manslaughter in the village Hatla in Deir Azzor," the minister said.

Putin, Obama agree to push all Syrian sides to Geneva talks

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama agreed to push the sides of the ongoing conflict in Syria to the negotiating table in Geneva. The leaders made the pledge after a 2 hour meeting at the G8 summit.

“We have agreed to push the sides of conflict in Syria to come to the negotiating table at the international Geneva conference,” Putin was quoted by "Russia Today" as saying.

“On some points, we still have a different stance, but we are united by an aspiration to prevent violence and to solve the problem by peaceful means, including through negotiations at the international conference at Geneva,” the Russian President added.

President Obama confirmed that both countries have a shared interest in stopping the violence and “securing chemical weapons” in Syria.

“We do have differing perspectives on the problem but we share an interest in reducing the violence, securing chemical weapons and ensuring that they're neither used nor are they subject to proliferation,” Obama said. “We want to try to resolve the issue through political means if possible.”

The majority of US citizens however are opposed to providing arms and military supplies to Syrian opposition forces, according to a poll released Monday by the Pew Research Center. Of those Americans polled, 70 per cent said they are not in favor of “sending arms to anti-government groups in Syria,” while the number of those who favor providing military support dropped to 20 per cent, down from 29 per cent in March of last year.

In addition to the discussion of Syria, during their nearly two-hour-long talks the presidents also touched on a number of sensitive issues including Iran, nuclear security and the prevention of nuclear arms proliferation, as well as cyber security and cooperation in fighting terrorism.

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Russia Will Not Allow No-fly zone over Syria

Russia will not allow the creation of a no-fly zone over Syria, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich has said. It follows reports of the US making preparations for an air exclusion zone. Meanwhile, the International Red Cross said it had found no hard evidence of the use of "chemicals" in Syria, according to the Voice of Russia.

"We will not allow this scenario. Such manoeuvres and arguments are a direct consequence of disrespect for international law,” Lukashevich said.

"We saw with the example of Libya how such a zone is introduced and how such decisions are implemented. We do not want a repeat of this in respect to the crisis in Syria. I think that we will not permit in principle such a scenario," he said.

The US may reportedly be preparing to impose a no-fly zone over Syria amid support for the move expressed by Jordan’s king Abudullah II and major US weapons deployed in Jordan.

The US Pentagon announced that it will leave behind a squadron of F-16 fighters and a battery of Patriot missiles at the end of joint US-Jordan military drills this week. The decision prompted “speculation that a no-fly zone [over Syria] is being prepared,” according to The Washington Post.

The development comes just days after US officials announced plans to extend direct military aid to foreign-backed insurgents in Syria.

Meanwhile, in Moscow, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) would not confirm reports about the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Robert Mardini, ICRC’s Head of Operations for the Near and Middle East, spoke to Russian journalists at a Moscow conference, organised by the Red Cross and the Russian Academy of Sciences.

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Anti-War Groups Rally against US arming terrorists in Syria

TEHRAN - Large groups of anti-war activists staged a demonstration in London demanding the West to stop arms supplies to Syria and avoid military intervention in the country's domestic conflict, according to FNA.

Protesters calling for an end to the crisis in Syria have demonstrated outside the US embassy in London. The Stop the War coalition, said the gathering was also an attempt to raise concerns about American plans to arm 'rebels" in Syria.

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