Moscow: Armed Groups Possess US-made Weapons




MOSCOW,(ST)_ "We have reliable information that Syrian ''militants''- foreign-backed armed terrorist groups- have foreign portable anti-aircraft missile systems, including those made in the USA... it should be cleared up who delivered them," General Nikolai Yegorovich Makarov, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia told journalists in Moscow,  adding that these weapons, equipment and ammunition  are transferred to these groups in different ways, including by air transportation. 

Commenting on directives given by President Barack Obama to provide the armed terrorist groups in Syria   with a shipment of anti-aircraft portable missiles, the Russian army official added: "The Americans have abandoned such directives and said they did not provide the Syrian opposition with any kind of weapons."

Earlier, Alexander Lukashevich, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson asserted that the arming the terrorist groups in Syria with a man-portable air defense systems, (MANPADS) was a ''most dangerous act,"


T. Fateh




Lavrov: Peaceful Settlement to Crisis without Foreign Interference

  MOSCOW, (ST)_ Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov,  described the UN Envoy to Syria, el-Akhdar al-Ibrahim's, initiative for a cease fire in Syria during Eid al-Adha as 'timely' and 'important' and as an 'important step towards a long-term ceasefire', to launch a 'political settlement process'.

In press statements on Monday, Minister Lavrov reiterated Russia's support for an ''immediate end to violence in Syria'' and for a ''peaceful settlement of the crisis without foreign interference''.

Minister Lavrov pointed out that some countries are interested in fueling violence in Syria as part of a “geopolitical remapping” of the Middle East, saying: '' “It appears that every time the hope for progress in the Syrian situation arises, somebody attempts to prevent it from calming down and deliberately fuels the continuation of the bloodshed and civil war in Syria,” interview with on Monday.

Interviewed by the Russian Rossiiskaya Gazeta, (Russian Gazette) yesterday, the veteran Foreign Minister of Russia disclosed that some opposing groups in Syria told the Russian side about some Western Countries' urging of the opposition as not to accept dialogue and continue fighting against the Syrian Government.

Minister Lavrov underscored that the crisis in Syria is but “part of geopolitical remapping of the Middle East, where various players attempt to safeguard their interests.'' And in the Syrian case, unfortunately, -at the expense of the Syrians' blood-.

Minister Lavrov hailed the role played by President Bashar Al-Assad, and described His Excellency as a “guarantor of the security of national minorities, among them Christians, who have been living in Syria for centuries.”

Minister Lavrov added: "By the most conservative estimates, our Western partners quote in confidential contacts, President Al-Assad still enjoys support of at least a third of citizens as a man who vowed to prevent Syria's transformation into a state where minorities will be simply unable to live and exist,"

Minister Lavrov concluded that foreign ready-made “recipes” would never provide a long-lasting and reliable solution to the conflict in Syria.

Minister Lavrov, in the third part of his interview with the Rossiiskaya Gazeta, Minister Lavrov confirmed that Russia would seek clarity on the Turkish Authorities' air piracy on a Syrian Airlines passenger plane.

Regarding Iran, Minister Lavrov repeated that there was not a single proof of Tehran seeking to make a nuclear bomb.

"Russia has been consistent in defending its point. As long as there is no real evidence that Iran is making nuclear weapons, no sanctions can be imposed on it. This contradicts international law. It’s very important for us to hold on to our position….there is absolutely no evidence that Iran has decided to include a military component in its nuclear program,"

 “We won’t allow any more such disingenuous interpretations. We will see to it that no resolution is open to interpretation like the one on Libya,” Lavrov underscored, asserting that his country would never allow the approval of an anti-Iran resolution at the UN Security Council.

The idea that Russia is losing influence in the Arab world as a result of the Arab Spring is "wishful thinking," added Lavrov, asserting that "We disagree with such opinions because our relations with the majority of the region’s most influential countries have either retained their intensity or even deepened.

"No matter what happens, Russia would still be treated as a reliable partner and an important guarantor of geopolitical balance, just like it used to be in the past, when the region was freeing itself from colonial rule,” Lavrov added.

Russia: Urging All Regional and International Actors to Ensure Eid al-Adha Truce is Implemented

The challenge over the  success  of the initiative the  UN  envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi to stop the violence in Syria during the Eid al-Adha is not confined to the  consent of the UN Security Council; it is indeed the commitment of all regional and international parties to exercise their influence on armed groups to abide by the truce and halting violence", said Russia 's  permanent representative to the UN  Vitaly Churkin, in a press conference on Wednesday,  at the UN headquarters .

"  We are not surprised that some  armed groups refused to halt violence because many of them refuse to quit  armed violence," noting that is why Russia calls on sides having influence on them  to stop providing them  with weapons and missiles. He added that Russia is urging "all regional and international actors to use their influence" to ensure the truce is implemented."

He expressed Russia's hope to implement the Eid-al-Adha  truce on the ground by the opposition and the government would reach a cessation of violence and the launching  of the political process that leads to a political solution to the crisis in Syria.

Churkin said the statement issued by the Security Council is based on three elements:  Support  of  members of the  UN Security Council for   Brahimi initiative,  dealing with urgent humanitarian issues the Syrians face and  opening up the atmosphere for a political settlement  to the crisis.


M.A. Al-Ibrahim




Humanitarian Aid to Victims of Terrorist Groups in Raqqa

Humanitarian Aid to Victims of Terrorist Groups in Raqqa

Spanish PM FacesKey Vote in Galicia

  Voters are going to the polls in Spain's north-west region of Galicia in an election seen as a key test of the government's economic policy.

 Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's centre-right People's Party has ruled the region for 24 of the past 31 years.

 Polls suggest Mr Rajoy, a native of Galicia, has lost support nationally because of austerity measures.

 A regional vote will also be held in the Basque Country.

 Spain has been in economic difficulty since the 2008 global financial crisis caused a big crash in the property market, triggering huge losses at its banks.

 Its recession is forecast to deepen, and the country's 17 regional governments are laden with heavy debts.

 Unemployment stands at about 25% nationally, and 21% in Galicia. There have been widespread protests against public spending cuts.

 Spain is under pressure to ask Brussels for a bailout, but observers say Mr Rajoy may be waiting until after the regional elections to request one.

 Spain has already in line to receive 100bn euros (£81bn) in Euro zone loans for its banks.




Socorro Gomes: Syria Faces A Zionist Imperialist Attack

BRASILIA, (ST)_ “We are convinced that Syria, leadership and people, will come out victorious, strong and united from ongoing crisis,” Socorro Gomes, the President of World Peace Council and Brazilian Center for the Solidarity with the Peoples and the Struggle for Peace (CEBRAPAZ) said.

In an exclusive interview with the Syria Times in Brazil, Gomes pointed out that the defense of the sovereignty of Syrian Arab Republic is but the ''duty of all who believe in the principles of the right of the people to self-determination” and the only ''guarantee of Peace''.

Gomes stressed that the Brazilian people have great respect for the Syrian People and their heroic defense of homeland, asserting that the Syrians face attacks from Western powers, and mercenary groups as to create an atmosphere of terror and  horror in Syria.

 “The Brazilian Center for the Solidarity with the Peoples and the Struggle for Peace (CEBRAPAZ) considers the Zionist imperialist attack on Syria as an attack  against the fundamental principles of peaceful coexistence among nations.''' Gomes concluded.

The Foreign Relations and National Defence Committee at the Brazilian Parliament organized last Thursday a Symposium entitled: "Brazil in the World: Duties and Responsibilities in the Middle East". The Participants in the symposium stressed that Syria is targeted by an aggressive attack, because of its stances which reject the dictations of the US and its western and regional allies.

The participants also asserted that Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey are contributing to shedding the Syrian blood in implementation of the western and US plots, calling on these countries to stop supporting terrorism in Syria.


Yazan Khadour  

Symposium in Brazil: Syria Targeted by US-led Aggressive Attack

 BRASILIA, (ST) – Participants in a symposium held in Brazil under the theme of "Brazil in the World: Duties and Responsibilities in the Middle East" stressed that Syria is targeted by an aggressive attack, because of its stance which reject the dictations of the US and its western and regional allies.

The symposium was organized Thursday by the Foreign Relations and National Defense Committee at the Brazilian Parliament.

The participants affirmed that Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey are contributing to shedding the Syrian blood in implementation of the western and US plots, calling on these countries to stop supporting terrorism in Syria.

The Brazilian Foreign Affairs Ministry representative who attended the symposium called on all countries concerned in solving the crisis in Syria to resort to dialogue as to help solve this crisis.

Syria's Ambassador and Iran's Ambassador in Brazil also attended the symposium, in addition to other personalities representing the Syrian Arab community in Brazil.


Y. Khadour



Russia’s Deputy PM : Russian Weapons Exported to Syria Cannot Be Used against Civilians

MOSCOW, (ST)_ Russian Deputy Prime Minister, in charge of Military Industries, Dmitry Rogozin, on Thursday has criticized the focus on Russia and its supplying arms to Syria, while others import different kinds of weapons to launch battles against legitimate authority, stressing that his country don't supply any prohibited weapons.

In a meeting held today in Moscow between the Russia Parliamentarians and a delegation representing the Council of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA), Russia Today Website quoted Rogozin as saying that all weapons supplied to Syria are for defense.

Rogozin has said that the weapons Russia has exported to Syria cannot be used against the civilians and the weapons systems, especially the air defense systems supplied, will be used by Syria only to defend itself against external threats.

Weapons Export Controlling in Russia, unlike other countries, is subjected to strict measures, Rogozin added.

To focus on Russia concerning the issue of exporting weapons is untrue, because Russia has always been faithful to its international commitments, Rogozin pointed out.

In this context, Deputy Russian Foreign Minister, Alexander Grushko, confirmed his country's firm stance as to get the crisis in Syria sorted out by the Syrians' efforts without any foreign interference.

In a speech before Council of the Russian Federation in presence of a delegation from NATO PA, Grushko said that Russia has been doing its best for helping to launch  political dialogue and violence halt in Syria, yet Russia's partners should also exert all efforts possible to push the Syrian opposition to start dialogue with the authority.

He added that the main task of the international community is restricted to implementing the plan of the former UN Envoy to Syria Kofi Annan and Geneva statement, in addition to providing support to the current UN Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi's mission.

Grushko voiced concern  over terrorists' infiltration and weapons smuggling into Syria, pointing out that the fragmentation of the opposition constitutes an obstacle on the way of solving the crisis in Syria.

The opposition is unable to unite its ranks or form a political force to dialogue with, Grushko  concluded.

Syria Times

Top US envoy to visit Pakistan for Afghan talks

  (Agencies) - US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Marc Grossman will visit Pakistan for talks on bilateral matters and Afghanistan.

 The State Department said on its website that Grossman embarked on his visit on Tuesday, which will first take him to Ankara.

 In Ankara, Ambassador Grossman will attend a meeting of the International Contact Group (ICG) for Afghanistan.

 This meeting of the ICG will focus on the status of Afghan and international commitments on security and development following the Chicago NATO summit and the Tokyo Conference.

 The ICG member countries also plan to discuss international support for transition planning and an Afghan-led political process.

 “In Islamabad, Ambassador Grossman will continue our work with the Pakistani government to identify our shared interests and focus on actions we can take together,” the State Department said.

 The visit comes at a time when diplomatic efforts for solution of Afghan problem are gaining momentum.

 Meanwhile, four bodies of Afghan soldiers have been recovered in a Pakistani tribal region, sources in the area said Wednesday.

   The bodies were found in a remote area in Jamrud, a main town in Khyber agency, bordering Afghanistan.

 There was no official confirmation of the incident. It was not clear who killed the soldiers either.

 Sources said that the local tribesmen saw the bodies in Toor Darra mountainous area and informed the officials.