Tuesday, April 11, 2017

U.S. Puts Pressure On Russia To Abandon Syria

Reuters: U.S. says Russia should abandon support of Syria's Assad

Russia should abandon its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after his repeated use of chemical weapons and join the United States to map out a peaceful future for Syria, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday.

Tillerson's comments came an hour before he flew to Moscow from a Group of Seven meeting in Italy to meet with his Russian counterpart.

Putin has been Assad's top international backer since 2015 amid a brutal civil war that has dragged on six years now. Washington responded to a chemical attack last week that killed dozens, including many children, with a missile strike against an Assad air base.

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More News On The U.S. Putting Pressure On Russia To Abandon Syria

US, Russia jab over Syria before diplomatic talks in Moscow -- AP
Tillerson faces tough talks in Moscow amid increased tensions -- Reuters
Syria: Rex Tillerson says Russia must choose between 'unreliable' Assad and the US, allies -- ABC News Online
US to Russia: Abandon Syria's President Bashar al-Assad -- Al Jazeera
Official: Russia knew in advance of Syrian chemical attack -- AP
US looking at possible Russia collusion in Syria chem attack -- AFP
US sees no place for Assad in Syria future: Tillerson -- AFP
Trump administration open to additional strikes on Syria: White House -- Reuters


B.Poster said...

What does Russia want in Syria? As I understand it, a warm water port and the naval base at Tartus. At least this is my understanding. Assad seems to be the best bet for them to achieve this. Also, frankly they have little reason to trust us. The hostility towards America that Assad and his Iranian allies have make them both attractive to Russia as well.

The desire to have the naval base does not seem inherently unreasonable. Russian mistrust of America is not entirely unreasonable either or so it seems to me. How do we convince them they can trust us? By selecting advisors who had close relations with Russian leadership I thought candidate Trump was on the right track. Unfortunately that's all been shot to h!ll with the recent stupidity.

As to how we get them to trust us, getting in their faces in such a public manner is definitely NOT the way to win friends and influence people. A better approach would be to have empathy for their positions even though we may not always agree. In other words, be respectful.

Italy is a NATO member and hopefully a friend of the US. The only path forward right now seems to be to conduct the fair investigation into what happened. Certain members of the G7 chose to act wisely and as statesmen in putting off additional sanctions against Russia. I'm pretty sure I know how this is going to turn out. Either the attack was carried out by the "rebels" or it was staged. As I've stated here elsewhere, motive and opportunity, the Syrian government had neither whereas the rebels had both in abundance. Most likely they gassed their own in order to lure gullible or diabolical Americans into this fight. Hopefully its a case of gullibility and team Trump acted rashly without thinking. In which case, hopefully the Italian leader can act as a go between with the Russians and the US giving the US the face saving space to back down from this in a face saving manner.

Aizino Smith said...


B.S. Poster is busy today.

B.Poster said...


There's nothing b.s about anything I've posted today. Constructive dialogue from you or anyone else is appreciated. Cheap insults are not. I've never insulted you., at least not intentionally. Frankly, cheap insults are usually indicative of someone who has no basis for their claim.

Aizino Smith said...

It is always Russia is the strongest superpower and the U.S. is relatively weaker.

Looks a lot like a disinformation campaign to hurt moral.

Aizino Smith said...

correction 'morale'