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Russia warns U.S. against attack on Syrian forces


Russia and the US are nowhere near finding the solution to end the conflict in Syria. Both US and Russia have a different agenda and tensions keep escalating.

Russia warned the United States Saturday against carrying out any attacks on Syrian government forces, saying it would have repercussions across the Middle East as government forces captured a hill on the edge of the northern city of Aleppo under the cover of airstrikes.

Russian news agencies quoted Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying that a U.S. intervention against the Syrian army “will lead to terrible, tectonic consequences not only on the territory of this country but also in the region on the whole.”

She said regime change in Syria would create a vacuum that would be “quickly filled” by “terrorists of all stripes.”

U.S.-Russian tensions over Syria have escalated since the breakdown of a cease-fire last month, with each side blaming the other for its failure. Syrian government forces backed by Russian warplanes have launched a major onslaught on rebel-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo.

Syrian troops pushed ahead in their offensive in Aleppo on Saturday capturing the strategic Um al-Shuqeef hill near the Palestinian refugee camp of Handarat that government forces captured from rebels earlier this week, according to state TV. The hill is on the northern edge of the Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and former commercial center.

Comment — Oct 1, 2016

This Associated Press report then goes on to quote from the utterly discredited Syrian Observatory for Human Right, a known disinfo outfit, but readers should have gleaned the gist of the story.

In case you haven’t gathered, the crucial part is that Russia is now warning the U.S. to back-off in Syria. This hasn’t happened before but this past week has seen a dramatic shift in Russia’s relations with the U.S., vis-à-vis Syria.

Although it hasn’t received much coverage, senior Russian diplomats have now openly accused America of supporting terror in Syria.

This represents a dangerous shift in relations between Russia and the West. From being comrades in arms in the War on Terror, U.S. relations with Russia have now deteriorated; from being allies to mere participants.

It will now only take a wrong move or a miscalculation before the participants in a fight become adversaries, and that can happen very easily.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova says as much when she warns the U.S. against attacking the Syrian army.

Such action, she says “will lead to terrible, tectonic consequences not only on the territory of this country but also in the region on the whole.”

Let’s hope that her warning registers with Washington. Because make no mistake, this is a very serious warning: “terrible, tectonic consequences” could very easily be taken to mean war. Ed.


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