Latest News Syria: China and Russia will stop western imperialism

Russian/Chinese prevention of Syrian invasion: historic event – Rick Rozoff

Russian/Chinese prevention of Syrian invasion: historic event – Rick Rozoff

January 13, 2014

On the surface it appears that US/NATO lost in Afghanistan. But did they? According to US/NATO’s own assessments and statements Afghanistan has proven to be the testing ground for developing interoperability between NATO members and over 50 nations which provided military forces for the ongoing war in Afghanistan and the consolidation of an international military strike force. Heroin production has also increased 40 fold and has devastated the peoples of many countries while providing black monies for secret operations. There are reports that there is a possible drug route from Afghanistan, through the air base in Manas in Kyrgyzstan and into the Balkans, probably Kosovo, which is used to get Afghan opium and heroin to market with Hashim Thaçi directly implicated. According to Voice of Russia regular contributor Rick Rozoff, the lack of oversight of US military installations, such as Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo, makes it possible, if the US wants, to place even tactical nuclear weapons closer to the Russian or Iranian border. In part 2 of a 2013 year end summary Mr. Rozoff discusses those issues and more and cites Russian and Chinese moves to prevent an invasion of Syria as a major historical turning point.


This is John Robles, you are listening to an interview with Rick Rozoff, the owner and manager of the stop NATO website and international mailing list. This is part 2 of an interview in progress. You can find the rest of this interview on our website at

Robles: Two points I’d like to make and then you can continue any way you’d like. You said you wanted to speak about the human toll, the heroin wreaks on the world. The US taxpayers have spent, as far as I know, the figures I saw were about $7 billion in fighting narcotics production; opium production, heroin production – in Afghanistan. I believe that figure is correct, if I’m wrong, please, tell me. So, they weren’t there to stop heroin production. They weren’t there to get rid of the Taliban, while making secret deals with them and they are going to come back in power even more powerful than they were before. So, what was the real point of 12 years in Afghanistan then?

Rozoff: Well, I mean, I know what the answer to that is, but it is not what generally is offered as an explanation for the invasion, the occupation, of Afghanistan. To read between the lines slightly all one needs to do is read Anders Fogh Rasmussen or any other NATO official on their website. I invite people to visit the NATO website, this is where you are going to find out the truth but you may have to decipher it a bit.

And what you hear again and again is that Afghanistan has proven the testing ground or the training ground for developing interoperability between NATO members and partners. Again, over 50 nations provided military forces for NATO in the ongoing war in Afghanistan. And what NATO walks away from… the Afghans, of course, have suffered a disastrous period, the region likewise and the world security has certainly not gained in any manner from this, but  NATO has walked away by having fused or integrated military units from 50 different countries.

People without any sense of history may not appreciate the significance of that fact, but for a moment, active belligerents, even in WW II, for example, I’d be surprised if formally there were more than 20 on the side of the Allies and now you’ve got 50 serving in one country, under one military command – NATO. That’s what NATO used Afghanistan for. It was simply a training ground for consolidating an international military strike force, what is referred to as the NATO Response Force, the nucleus of which will be this 50-nation alliance that NATO was able to put together inside Afghanistan.

On the question of the human toll of heroin, I’ll be brief on that but I’ll be personal. I worked in the past as a substance abuse counselor. I worked at methadone maintenance clinic. I know what heroin addiction does to people. I’ve seen young women out prostituting themselves. I’ve seen young babies left in their own feces and so forth as their parents are hunting down a fix. I know what heroin does to people. And if you multiply that on the level of hundreds of thousands or millions, and this is what is happening, this is the untold cost of the Afghan war.

And you don’t have to look too far. The Russian government will tell you what the figures are in their own country in heroin deaths and heroin addiction. The Iranian government will tell you the same. I’m sure the five nations of Central Asia can say something similar. I’m sure that Pakistan and India are suffering this as well. And this is going to take generations to rectify.

Robles: It is an insidious cycle, and I’d really like you to comment on this as well, the whole heroin cycle includes the cultivators, the farmers – right? It begins with them, it ends up with somebody dying in a stairwell in Chicago with a dirty needle in their vein or something. But in between you’ve got government officials, you’ve got even US diplomats, maybe, you’ve got the CIA, you’ve got NATO officials and everyone is making money of it. How much do you think the US and NATO have profited from the entire heroin scheme in Afghanistan?

Rozoff: That’s rich ground for speculation. I would reference, I think, as you were talking about the Golden Triangle earlier, Alfred McCoy, he is a professor, or was at least a professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He wrote a book on just that topic, about Southeast Asia during the war in Indo-China.

Robles: I’ve actually read that.

Rozoff: Good, talk about it. Inevitably, all the other plagues follow in the track of war: famine, disease, drug addiction, prostitution, dislocation. It is as sure as night follows day you are going to find that. However, there is a more insidious side that you are alluding to, which is that one way of, in the post-WW II period ,of financing counterinsurgency groups that aren’t officially governmental in nature is through the drug trade.

This occurred in Central America, it has occurred in South America, it has occurred in Indo-China, it has occurred in the Balkans, it is occurring currently in South and Central Asia where cutthroat mercenary outfits do the dirty work, particularly for the CIA, and in return are allowed to run narcotics trafficking, perhaps, in conjunction with US military forces, as a way of paying themselves outside of the Congressionally-scrutinized budget. You know, it is a slush fund or a secret budget of some sort. We just have to assume that’s going on.

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About kruitvat

I am working for the Belgian human rights association 'Werkgroep Morkhoven' which revealed the Zandvoort childporn case (88.539 victims). The case was covered up by the authorities. During the past years I have been really shocked by the way the rich countries of the western empire want to rule the world. One of my blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Je travaille pour le 'Werkgroep Morkhoven', un groupe d'action qui a révélé le réseau pornographique d'enfants 'Zandvoort' (88.539 victims). Cette affaire a été couverte par les autorités. Au cours des dernières années, j'ai été vraiment choqué par la façon dont l'Occident et les pays riches veulent gouverner le monde. Un de mes blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Ik werk voor de Werkgroep Morkhoven die destijds de kinderpornozaak Zandvoort onthulde (88.539 slachtoffers). Deze zaak werd door de overheid op een misdadige manier toegedekt. Gedurende de voorbije jaren was ik werkelijke geschokt door de manier waarop het rijke westen de wereld wil overheersen. Bezoek onze blog «Latest News Syria» (WordPress) ------- Photo: victims of the NATO-bombings on the Chinese embassy in Yougoslavia
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6 Responses to Latest News Syria: China and Russia will stop western imperialism

  1. kruitvat says:

    A Historical Perspective on People Resisting Imperial Powers (1)

    Since the days of the Roman Empire to the Western European Empires of France, Spain, Belgium and Great Britain to the present day American Empire, the world has witnessed one of the most violent periods in human history. In every continent of the world, from Africa to South and Central America, Asia, Europe, North America, the Middle East and the Caribbean, the people have been victims of systematic oppression, wars, exploitation, and slavery.

    However, the global elite who ruled their Imperial nations or empires, past and present experienced some form of resistance from the people in every region in the world. From the Haitian Revolution against France to the Grito de Laras against the Spanish Empire in Puerto Rico, from the Battle of Algiers against French occupation to the world wide protest against the invasion of Vietnam and Iraq. The struggles from Gandhi’s Peaceful Revolution to Lumumba’s idea to free Africa from the West in the Congo to the Wars in North America that involved tribal nations that continue to this day. Many people from all over the world always resisted Imperial powers who sought to occupy their lands with the intention of pillaging the resources and enslaving the people. Globalization or the “New World Order” has sought to control every human being on the planet either by force or coercion. The global elite from the US, Great Britain, France and others are determined to stifle dissent by implementing a global security state including drone warfare that will detect, locate and kill enemy targets anywhere in the world.

    The New World Order has succeeded in many ways by creating wars to control natural resources and certain populations. They have used mind control mechanisms such as television to propagandize the people to advance their plans for world domination. They have implemented a financial system that has enslaved people from all walks of life to depend on the US dollar. Since 1971 when the US terminated the Bretton Woods Agreement by taking the US dollar off the gold standard and turning it into a fiat currency, making it the reserve currency used by the majority of nations in the world. Unfortunately the world is still depended on the US dollar. They have established systems that they control and influence such as education (public schooling and even universities to a point), health, energy, media and government such as Communism, Fascism and Democracy as in the US and UK.

    They have destabilized countries that were sovereign, with the most recent examples of Iraq, Libya, Mali and now Syria. The modern day American Empire has destabilized sovereign nations by covert actions through military interventions, Coups, interfering in elections, and even non-Government organizations such as the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) based in Washington has funded Color revolutions to impose regime change strategies of governments they don’t agree with.

    The US has intervened in more than 50 countries since 1945 and faced resistance movements, uprisings and large protests including the Philippines, South Korea, Lebanon, Iran, Guatemala, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Rep. Congo (Zaire), Brazil, Greece, Russia, Ecuador, Poland, Turkey, Dominican Republic, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Chile, Angola, East Timor, Nicaragua, Grenada, Panama, Kyrgyzstan, Haiti, Yugoslavia, Georgia, Ukraine, Argentina, Ghana, Venezuela, Bolivia, Honduras, Granada, Paraguay, Mexico, El Salvador, Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia, Pakistan, Yemen, Tunisia, Egypt, and many others. The United States is not the only empire that sought to dominate the World. France, Great Britain and Japan and others throughout history had their share of empire building along the way.

    Even with former colonies or those who are under US rule, the people resist. Puerto Rico for example still has a resistance movement for independence against the American Empire after 135 years of occupation. The Palestinians have been resisting Israeli occupation since 1947. With Washington’s war on terrorism and drugs, it seems that endless violence will continue. With World War III approaching, and global multi-national corporations and Banks becoming more powerful, it seems that the people are losing the battle. But they’re not. Resistance by way of truth, knowledge and hope for peace on earth is winning the battle against tyranny and oppression.

    There is hope from a worldwide movement against tyranny and oppression from the people, People like you and me. I have hope for humanity. I believe in a world that can live in peace and harmony. I believe in a world where all nations respect each other’s sovereignty. Nations that understand that people have different cultures, beliefs, religions and customs that is different and unique. We have a right as human beings to live in a society that is free and just. We are in a period of time that is tragic. Unnecessary wars over natural resources and markets so that those who are on top of the pyramid can profit at our expense and even feel good themselves with their power and status to control the rest of us. Their time is running out.

    That is why the “New World Order” is implementing state of the art technology to control dissent and protests as recent revelations of analyst Edward Snowden proved that the National Security Administration’s (NSA) has been spying on US citizens and foreign countries, whether allies or enemies for many years. Whistleblowers like Snowden and a handful of others are turning on the US government’s unconstitutional practices. However, the actions by the NSA are nothing new. They have been spying on US citizens for more than 40 years. During the Church Committee Investigations in the 1970’s that involved the Watergate Scandal revealed that President Richard Nixon and his administration had the NSA and the US Army spy on US citizens. Political activities of US citizens such as protesting government policy were also spied on by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

  2. kruitvat says:

    A Historical Perspective on People Resisting Imperial Powers (2)

    The Nixon administration was also responsible for covert operations and assassination attempts on foreign leaders of various governments. But Snowden did reveal the facts that proved that the US government’s illegal use of power over the citizenry was continuing since the 1970’s. Bradley Manning, a US soldier also revealed to the world a shocking video exposing US military war crimes when an Apache helicopter fired upon civilians in Bagdad in 2007. According to journalist and activist John Pilger, who wrote an article absolutely worth reading called ‘The Courage of Bradley Manning Will Inspire Others to Seize their Moment of Truth’ explains that more whistleblowers will come forward because people like Manning will inspire those that know that the blood of innocents are spilled in a time of war. Pilger wrote on how the media portrays the real heroes of our time by producing films that portray people like Julian Assange and Bradley Manning in what he describes as “Freaks” according to Hollywood’s perception:

    The hyped film, We Steal Secrets: the Story of WikiLeaks, mutates a heroic young soldier into an “alienated… lonely… very needy” psychiatric case with an “identity crisis” because “he was in the wrong body and wanted to become a woman”. So spoke Alex Gibney, the director, whose prurient psycho-babble found willing ears across a media too compliant or lazy or stupid to challenge the hype and comprehend that the shadows falling across whistleblowers may reach even them. From its dishonest title, Gibney’s film performed a dutiful hatchet job on Manning, Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. The message was familiar — serious dissenters are freaks. Alexa O’Brien’s meticulous record of Manning’s moral and political courage demolishes this smear.

    John Pilger sums it up:

    For the inspiration of future truth-tellers belongs to Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and the remarkable young people of WikiLeaks, whose achievements are unparalleled. Snowden’s rescue is largely a WikiLeaks triumph: a thriller too good for Hollywood because its heroes are real.

    Edward Snowden did the world a service; he exposed a truth that the people needed to know. It was a truth that sealed what we knew more than 40 years ago. It exposed what the US and UK governments have been doing for a long time. They spied on allies and enemies alike. It reminds me of Francis Ford Coppola’s “Godfather II” when the head of the Corleone family, Michael Corleone played by Al Pacino said “There are many things my father taught me here in this room. He taught me: keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” Many governments throughout the world are challenging the American empire and its surveillance policies. A revolution of consciousness of the people who yearn for freedom and happiness cannot be defeated from invading armies, but through propaganda, at least according to the global elite. But it is not working anymore. The world is awake. People are informed. The internet revolution and alternative media was instrumental in this sense. The idea of freedom is within all of us. Human beings are born free. From the American Revolution against the King George and British Empire to the Indigenous populations of the America’s against the rising American empire have resisted tyranny. From the Hopi, Apache nations to the Iroquois and Seminoles had fought against both American and British forces on their territories. Indigenous nations have lost the wars but the struggle continues. Today many revolutions are taking place in various forms. In the European Union, people from all walk of life, rich and poor protest against austerity and the dictatorship of Brussels. The Republic of Iceland resisted a financial dictatorship similar to the European Union and the United States by arresting corrupt bankers. In the United States, the American people are protesting against the expanding police state and their government’s endless Imperial wars.

    The anti-war protesters who resist any war are in every country of the world. You have anti-GMO activists who recently staged worldwide protests against Monsanto, a multi-national corporation who is trying to control the world’s food supply by genetically modifying our foods that would eventually destroy our health and our agriculture. You have an explosion of alternative news sites that are countering propaganda of the main stream media (MSM). The internet gave birth to websites, blogs, video and radio shows that expose what the MSM does not. There is also a T.V. news stations such as Russia Today (RT News) that reports on important issues the main stream media purposely ignores. They have Max Keiser who I call the ‘Financial Rebel’ in his show the Keiser Report exposes financial fraud and corruption on all levels. You have Abby Martin’s “Breaking the Set” who reports on issues such as war, injustice and the police state. Russia Today also hosts Peter Lavelle’s “Crosstalk” with debates that matter on every subject that concerns our lives. Press TV, an Iranian news channel also reports on issues the US and British media fail to report on. You have musicians in the past and in the present that create music that inspires and informs people with their lyrics about political issues that affect all of us such as the British rock band Muse, Rapper Lowkey, Public Enemy, Iron Maiden, John Lennon, Smashing Pumpkins, Calle 13 (Puerto Rico), and many others. There have been comedians who made us laugh but also spoke about serious issues such George Carlin and Bill Hicks. The list goes on. A global awakening is taking place.

  3. kruitvat says:

    A Historical Perspective on People Resisting Imperial Powers (3)

    Latin America: America’s Backyard No More

    Latin American nations have been subject to numerous invasions, Coups and financial manipulation of their economies for the past 500 years. Although there has been a resistance by various groups of people from farmers, Indigenous nations, labor unions, the poor, many political parties that sought independence from Western powers. Who would have thought in our time Latin American leaders such as Evo Morales, part of the Aymara, an indigenous nation located in the Andes and Altiplano regions of South America for more than 800+years would become President of Bolivia. President Morales was quoted as saying that “globalization and the neoliberal economic model have already been rejected in Latin America; it simply hasn’t been a solution for our people. At the same time, Latin countries like Venezuela and Argentina are anti-imperialist and anti-globalization, and yet their economies are growing again” criticizing Washington’s economic policy that has made life on the Latin American continent difficult for most of the people. Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa who was a victim of the Washington–backed Coup Attempt in 2010 by the National Police over reduced pension benefits recently stated to the press that “They’ve managed to focus attention on Snowden and on the ‘wicked’ countries that ‘support’ him, making us forget the terrible things against the US people and the whole world that he denounced,” Correa said “The world order isn’t only unjust, it’s immoral.”

    The world is changing. Imperial nations serve no one but the special interests of the elites who seek to rule the world with their Orwellian system that would enslave us all. The late Hugo Chavez of Venezuela made it possible to resist the American empire as he inspired other world leaders to follow in the same path for their country’s sovereignty. President Nicolas Madura will continue to resist the American empire and continue to try to improve the living standards of the Venezuelan people and to remain a sovereign nation despite recent threats on his life. The idea for a better world is possible. Latin American has been through numerous empires and it is now on a path to freedom in its 500 year history under Western Imperialism.

    The Russian and Chinese Resistance: An Alliance that can Prevent World War

    Russia and China has been at the forefront of trying to prevent a war in the Middle East. Russian President Vladimir Putin has called Secretary of Defense John Kerry a “liar” about the alleged chemical attack on the innocent civilians by the Syrian government on August 21st. China has opposed a strike on Syria because “The Chinese deputy finance minister, Zhu Guangyao, told a pre-G20 briefing: “Military action would have a negative impact on the global economy, especially on oil prices – it will cause a hike in the oil price” according to a BBC News report. Both countries oppose Washington’s insanity to bomb Syria.

    China and Russia are not invading or meddling in the internal affairs of any country. China for example is interested in economic growth and prosperity, not war or world domination. China never had ambitions to rule the world going back hundreds of years even when they traded with indigenous tribes worldwide before Western powers arrived. They never sought to rule over any indigenous nation or its people. Russia is also opposed to Western Imperial power and its dominance over every continent in the world. Western Imperial powers are described as a “Unipolar world” by Russian President Vladimir Putin in a speech he gave in the 43rd Munich conference on Security Policy in 2007. Here is what he said in reference to Imperial powers:

    The history of humanity certainly has gone through unipolar periods and seen aspirations to world supremacy. And what hasn’t happened in world history?

    However, what is a unipolar world? However one might embellish this term, at the end of the day it refers to one type of situation, namely one centre of authority, one centre of force, one centre of decision-making.

    It is world in which there is one master, one sovereign. And at the end of the day this is pernicious not only for all those within this system, but also for the sovereign itself because it destroys itself from within.

    And this certainly has nothing in common with democracy. Because, as you know, democracy is the power of the majority in light of the interests and opinions of the minority.

    Incidentally, Russia – we – are constantly being taught about democracy. But for some reason those who teach us do not want to learn themselves.

    I consider that the unipolar model is not only unacceptable but also impossible in today’s world. And this is not only because if there was individual leadership in today’s – and precisely in today’s – world, then the military, political and economic resources would not suffice. What is even more important is that the model itself is flawed because at its basis there is and can be no moral foundations for modern civilisation.

    Along with this, what is happening in today’s world – and we just started to discuss this – is a tentative to introduce precisely this concept into international affairs, the concept of a unipolar world.

    And with which results?

    Unilateral and frequently illegitimate actions have not resolved any problems. Moreover, they have caused new human tragedies and created new centres of tension. Judge for yourselves: wars as well as local and regional conflicts have not diminished. Mr Teltschik mentioned this very gently. And no less people perish in these conflicts – even more are dying than before. Significantly more, significantly more!

    Today we are witnessing an almost uncontained hyper use of force – military force – in international relations, force that is plunging the world into an abyss of permanent conflicts. As a result we do not have sufficient strength to find a comprehensive solution to any one of these conflicts. Finding a political settlement also becomes impossible.

    We are seeing a greater and greater disdain for the basic principles of international law. And independent legal norms are, as a matter of fact, coming increasingly closer to one state’s legal system. One state and, of course, first and foremost the United States, has overstepped its national borders in every way. This is visible in the economic, political, cultural and educational policies it imposes on other nations. Well, who likes this? Who is happy about this?

    Putin said that the Unipolar world has “no moral foundation for modern civilization.” I agree with his assessment considering what has happened with numerous empires throughout human history.

  4. kruitvat says:

    A Historical Perspective on People Resisting Imperial Powers (4) We will Prevail.

    Syrian Resistance: a revolution from within and Washington’s Aggressive Behavior

    The US, France, Great Britain and Israel want to attack Syria, a sovereign nation that does not to become a puppet state as President al Assad clarified in an interview with the Russian newspaper Izvestia, he said “Syria will never become a Western ‘puppet’ state. We are an independent country; we will fight terrorism and we will freely build relationships with countries in a way that best serves the interests of the Syrian people.” The Obama administration will sign an executive order launching strikes inside Syria. The US supposedly has 50 or more targets they intend to hit from the Mediterranean Sea with support from B-2 and B-52 long-range bombers for the mission. Francois Hollande the 5 foot 7 French President who seems to have “Napoleon Complex” is on board with the Obama administration to order strikes against Syria without parliament’s approval which is conveniently legal under the French constitution. The US and its Allies are going to start a war that will be seen as a war crime against humanity. It will be the start of World War III. Many people will die; a global economic downturn will follow. Our lives will change. But hope is not dead.

    The resistance is here to stay. It is not going anywhere. The “New World Order” is concerned that is why they want war to distract us through their media entertainment. And at the same time they are imposing a police state through the Military and Security Industrial Complex. They are trying to control the internet, even shut it down if we allow them to. It will not work. Human consciousness is a powerful tool against the New World Order. You, me and every person on earth is the resistance. The “Truth” is our weapon. We need to spread the truth. Let’s change this world through knowledge and understanding of each other. There are people from every country and region on earth that is rejecting the program of the Anglo-American Establishment (the New World Order) and its corrupt allies. Governments from Russia, China, Iran, and the Palestinians, Latin America (Bolivia, Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Argentina) all have one thing in common, they all want respect as sovereign nations regardless of their internal and external issues some nations might have.

    I have hope for a better world for my children’s sake. From Rome to America, empires that seek to dominate the world have brought nothing but death, destruction and misery to us all. Although we face the prospect of World War III, there is hope for a better world as long as truth, justice and respect prevail among us as human beings. I believe that the New World Order and its power structure will eventually fail and that is a good thing. The ruling elite of the New World Order cannot stop humanity from seeking truth and justice. They have lost the battle.

    Spread the truth, let’s stop all wars. Let’s end the mass poverty and hunger implemented by certain institutions through financial fraud who charge high interest rates on almost every loan such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Federal Reserve Bank and the World Bank. Let’s stop the Military-Industrial Complex, Wall Street, and the major multinational corporations who exploit our resources for their own profits while the average people accumulate debt.

    Although World War III is here, I have hope for humanity. It has never been greater. Syria, Iran, Russia, China along with many other countries and people’s of the planet do not want war. So far, only the US and French governments want to launch strikes into Syrian territory. It will be disastrous because Syria will respond, so will Iran, Russia and China.

    It will not end well, but one thing is for sure, those who are NOT the aggressors are on the right side of history, one that seeks peace and prosperity for the world, not death and destruction. They will resist war as long as possible because we all know how war usually ends.

    In war nobody wins, one life that is lost on either side is still a loss. The fight for humanity will continue long after war. Empires have always failed in the past and so will the US and France because humanity will prevail. We as humans always resist tyranny in one form or another.

    The powers that seek to control us will continue but eventually they will fade away because we as conscious human beings will continue to seek truth, peace, love and prosperity.

    Stand with the Syrian people and hope for a peaceful way out.

    The US Empire has already failed with its lawless policies and has been steadily declining politically, financially, militarily and morally. An awakening among the masses has occurred that resulted in a global resistance and it is here to stay. We will Prevail.


  5. kruitvat says:

    Russia, China urge Iran’s presence in Syria talks

    Russia and China have both urged the presence of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the forthcoming Geneva 2 conference on the ongoing crisis in Syria.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday that Western countries are on the right track regarding their attitude to Iran’s participation in the peace talks on the Syrian issue.

    “Recently, strange arguments against Iran’s participation have been replaced by a more realistic approach,” Lavrov told reporters in Moscow following talks with his Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Sabah Khalid al-Hamad al-Sabah.

    Some Western countries opposed Iran’s participation in the Geneva 2 conference on the grounds that Tehran did not support the Geneva communiqué in June 2012, which envisaged a process for a Syrian-led transition.

    “This argument has never been good at all, because many countries in the region, whose participation in the conference has never been questioned by the Western colleagues, work directly to undermine the Geneva 2,” the Russian foreign minister stated.

    On Thursday, China expressed support for Iran’s participation in the upcoming conference on Syria.

    “Proper resolution of the Syria issue will be impossible without the participation and support of regional countries, especially countries with leverage over concerned parties in Syria,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a press conference in response to a question about Iran’s role in diplomatic negotiations on Syria.

    She also reasserted China’s position that the Syrian crisis can only be resolved politically.

    “China hopes parties concerned will seize opportunities, make joint efforts to convene the Geneva 2 talks and start the dialogue and political resolution process at an early date in a bid to properly resolve the Syria issue”, Hua pointed out.

    On September 29, UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi stated that it would be beneficial if Iran takes part in the Geneva 2 conference and there is the possibility of inviting the Islamic Republic.

    On August 12, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov described Iran as an important regional player that can greatly contribute to the settlement of the Syrian conflict, voicing Moscow’s eagerness for Iran’s participation in the conference.

    Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. Reports indicate that the Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside the country.

    According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions of others displaced in the violence.


  6. kruitvat says:

    Geneva 2: American ‘Peace Talks’

    May 24, 2013 – Latest News Syria: ‘Political solution’ with American weapons

    August 30, 2013 – Syria intervention plan fueled by oil interests, not chemical weapon concern

    October 16, 2013 – US to sell weapons worth $10bn to UAE and Saudi Arabia

    December 19, 2013 – Latest News Syria: Saudi Arabian Peace Talks

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