Syrian crisis.. main topic of U.S.-Russia talks

Kerry and Lavrov discuss Syrian crisis. File photo

ARA News

Istanbul, Turkey – The U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, is meeting his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, on Tuesday, in the Russian city of Sochi.

It is expected that the bilateral summit between if going to address the latest developments of the Syrian crisis, the peace talks between the Syrian conflicting parties, along with the Ukrainian crisis, the situation in Yemen, and the last Russian arms deal with Iran.

These thorny issues pose deep disagreements between the U.S. and Russia, which does not predict detente in any of these crises, if each party remained stuck to its perspective.

The Russian regime is still a strong ally of the Assad’s in the corridors of the Security Council, which is manifested in disabling any resolution condemning violations committed by the Syrian government forces, described by Amnesty International as “crimes against humanity”, along with constant support for Assad forces with arms and military expertise. 

Additionally, both countries U.S. and Russia believe that the Syrian crisis and its developments will be the most significant among the files to be addressed on Tuesday, since the outcome of the Syrian conflict may produce a new reality on the talks between the two countries, and will strengthen the position of one party over another.

Speaking to ARA News, Syrian veteran analyst Osama al-Rifai said that the economic crisis in the great states, and the recycling of capital, is solved usually by war, through selling weapons, medicine and food, and all reconstruction products. 

“As such, Russians and the Americans are the big winners,” he argued.

He added that the Syrian people pay a great deal of the bill “through offering both Russia and America from the blood of their children”.

“The decision-makers in Syria (in reference to Assad regime) were able to end this war overnight, but they wanted it to be a long-term war,” he argued.

The United States supports the Syrian political opposition represented by the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) and some of the so-called moderate rebel factions with “non-lethal equipment”, according to the U.S. State Department.


Reporting by: Mustafa Hamid and Mir Yaqoob

Source: ARA News

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