So Much For Progress On Syria

After recent meetings with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, both USA Secretary of State John (Lurch) Kerry and UK Prime Minister David Cameron returned claiming they were more optimistic about replacing the regime of the Dictator Assad with a western style liberal democracy ( under Sharia law acceptable to all factions opposing Assad.

Little Nicky (posting here and as my alter egos Ian Thorpe, Ed Butt and Egbert Nobakon) told you that it was very dangerout to take anything the Russian leader said at face value and when little Vlad talked about the need to “work together” his likely meaning was “The west needs to back off and let Assad, with help from Russia and Iran, crush the rebellion.”

Today I read this (from PressTV):
“Russia says Iran plays a key role in resolving the crisis in Syria, underlining the need for the participation of the Islamic Republic in an upcoming international conference on Syria in Geneva.

“While Moscow calls for [the] participation of more members including Syria neighboring countries, Iran and Saudi Arabia in the second round of talks [in Geneva], Washington is trying to decrease the number of these participating countries and replace them with those countries who are supporting the militant groups in Syria,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with Al-Mayadeen TV on Monday.

At a joint press conference in Moscow on May 7, the Russian foreign minister and US Secretary of State John Kerry agreed to encourage the Syrian government and the foreign-backed militants to find a political solution to the crisis.

When Russia talks of co operation they have always meant everybody doing what suits Russia.

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