Russia Begins Operations in Syria: End Game for the US Empire?

angelburst29

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Like the mysterious figure it is named for, the Caesar sanctions bill is the product of an elaborate deception by shadowy US- and Gulf-backed operatives. Instead of protecting Syrian civilians, the unilateral measures are driving them towards hunger and death.

How a US and Qatari regime change deception produced 'Caesar' sanctions driving Syria towards famine | The Grayzone
June 25, 2020 - The US Department of Treasury’s imposition this June of the so-called Caesar Civilian Protection Act, a draconian set of economic sanctions on Syria, amounts to a medieval-style siege on all Syrians living inside the country.

Inspired by photos that Western governments and media claim were smuggled out of Syria by a supposed Syrian military whistleblower codenamed “Caesar,” the sanctions are the product of a highly deceptive intelligence operation orchestrated by the US and Qatari governments.

As this investigation will demonstrate, a network of US- and Qatar-backed regime change operatives marketing themselves as human rights lawyers and concerned Syrian activists groomed the supposed whistleblower, managed his files, and worked overtime to obstruct public scrutiny.

Desperate to stimulate support for war on Syria, this network worked with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in a cynical campaign to portray the Syrian crisis as equal to – and possibly worse than – the Jewish genocide in Europe.

Shockingly, investigators have determined that at least half of the photographs in the “Caesar” trove depict the bodies of government soldiers killed by the armed opposition. This highly inconvenient fact, which undermines the entire narrative of Caesar’s promoters and exposes them as cynical liars, has been ignored across the board by mainstream US media, Congress, and of course, by the network of operatives that managed “Caesar.” (Article continues.)


Russia quits U.N. system aimed at protecting hospitals, aid in Syria
June 25, 2020 -
Russia said on Thursday it has quit a voluntary United Nations arrangement that aimed to protect hospitals and humanitarian aid deliveries in Syria from being hit by the warring parties.

Russia made the decision following an internal U.N. inquiry in April found it was “highly probable” the Syrian government or its allies carried out attacks on three healthcare facilities, a school and a refuge for children in northwest Syria last year.

Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accused “various ‘opposition groups’ and terrorists through their proxies” of abusing the humanitarian deconfliction process. Russia believed the United Nations should give any relevant information to Syrian authorities, he said.

“We do not see withdrawal as a threat to the humanitarian workers on the ground if information provided is accurate and trustworthy,” Nebenzia told Reuters.
 

angelburst29

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A US senator has prepared a proposal to buy Russian S-400 air defense system from Turkey - The US Senate has approved a purchase.
Oh, that's just too funny!

And what do these insane Senator's plan on doing with a Russian S-400 Air Defense System? Park it on the front lawn of the White House to use it - as competition - against our 4th of July "Independence Day" fireworks displays over the Potomac River?

George Washington would be so ... impressed! (Man-over-board!)

Image result for george washington in a boat on the Potomac river


In the meantime ... no loss to Turkey ...

Russia, Turkey Reach Agreement in Principle on Delivery of Second Batch of S-400s - Turkish Official

Ankara May Buy More S-400s, Russian Deputy PM Says Amid US-Turkish Spat Over Missile Systems

https://www.usnews.com/news/politic...ouse-announces-plans-for-july-4th-celebration

Image result for white house fireworks display over the potomac river


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is moving ahead with a lower-key “Salute to America” celebration this year on July Fourth, despite concerns from some lawmakers about the crowds the event could generate during the coronavirus pandemic.

The White House said that the President and First Lady Melania Trump will host the event this year from the White House’s South Lawn and the Ellipse. It said the President will deliver remarks and that the ceremony will include music, military demonstrations and flyovers. Last year, Trump spoke near the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
 

youlik

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A US senator has prepared a proposal to buy Russian S-400 air defense system from Turkey - The US Senate has approved a purchase.
По этому поводу хочется сказать, что на случай вот таких хитрожопых эрдоганов вооружение поставляемое на экспорт всегда имеет несколько урезанный функционал. Это касается всех видов технологически сложной техники. Скорее всего с этим же связано якобы недовольство Китаем теми же системами С-400. Что касается не возможности поразить израильскую авиацию российской техникой, то это на мой взгляд связано с некими договоренностями России и Израиля. Об этом могут говорить два факта. Во первых Израиль наносит удары на Сирийской территории, но по объектам, находящимся в распоряжении Иранских сил, почти что на 100 %. Во вторых, если бы С-400 к настоящему моменту была посчитана и расшифрована, стали бы американцы покупать ее у турок?

Россия разорвала соглашения с ООН по Сирии - Вашингтон шокирован последствиями
2020-06-30
On this occasion, I would like to say that in the case of such tricky-ass Erdogan weapons supplied for export always have a somewhat reduced functionality. This applies to all types of technologically complex equipment. Most likely, this is also due to China's alleged dissatisfaction with the same S-400 systems. As for the inability to hit the Israeli air force with Russian equipment, in my opinion, this is due to certain agreements between Russia and Israel. Two facts can tell you this. First, Israel strikes on Syrian territory, but at the facilities at the disposal of the Iranian forces, almost 100 %. Second, if the s-400 Had been counted and decoded by now, would the Americans have bought it from the Turks?

Russia has torn up agreements with the UN on Syria-Washington is shocked by the consequences
2020-06-30
Russia has severed any relations with the UN on deconflicting in Syria.

The inaction of the UN representatives during the outright occupation of Syria by the American, Israeli and Turkish military forces forced Russia to refuse any further cooperation with this international organization. Breaking the agreement with the UN has already caused condemnation from the US, however, Russia explained its position.

"This mechanism was a voluntary agreement. It has no mandate from the security Council or any other legal basis. We have repeatedly pointed out the shortcomings of the mechanism. This was constantly ignored, " said the Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzia.

It should be clarified that the rupture of Russia's agreement with the UN brings many problems for the United States and the so-called International coalition, since now allegedly humanitarian convoys delivering weapons to militants and jihadists can not freely cross the Syrian border, which has caused a lot of complaints against Russia.

"Today we see how the UN "regulates" the situation in Syria. This is not done in favor of the Syrian people, but in favor of the United States, and it is not surprising that Russia has decided to take such a step, which will be a tough response to the United States, " the analyst notes.
Россия разорвала соглашения с ООН по Сирии - Вашингтон шокирован последствиями
 

bjorn

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On this occasion, I would like to say that in the case of such tricky-ass Erdogan weapons supplied for export always have a somewhat reduced functionality. This applies to all types of technologically complex equipment.
Export versions differ from the originals and are downgraded. While still superior in many ways. The Turkish S400 is not the same as the S400 the Russians use. They keep the best tricks to themselves.

I think that Erdogan was determined to get the S400 to ensure no military intervention would occur against Turkey. How ever unlikey that was. The Turkish president was almost ousted by a Nato led coup, If not assassinated. He is not taking any chances and considers the S400 as his guardian angel. OSIT.

Some time ago I read that Turkey is not allowed to ever sell their S400 to anyone. Both parties agreed to that.
 

youlik

Jedi Master
Some time ago I read that Turkey is not allowed to ever sell their S400 to anyone. Both parties agreed to that.
Да, это так. Вот уже и официальные лица высказываются.

17:26, 30 июня 2020
В ФСВТС заявили, что реэкспорт купленных Турцией С-400 без разрешения РФ невозможен

Yes, it is. Now officials are speaking out.

17: 26, June 30, 2020
The FSMTC said that the re-export of S-400 purchased by Turkey without the permission of the Russian Federation is impossible
Moscow. June 30. INTERFAX.RU-the Transfer of s-400 air defense systems delivered to Turkey to another state without the permission of Russia is impossible, Maria Vorobyova, an official representative of the Federal service for military-technical cooperation of Russia (FSMTC), told Interfax on Tuesday.

So she commented on the initiative of Republican Senator John Thune, who, according to Defense News, said that the US could buy the S-400 from Turkey, thereby resolving a number of contradictions with Ankara.

"To export military products, the buyer of our equipment must submit an end-user certificate to the Russian side. Therefore, its transfer or re-export to third countries without the official permission of the Russian side is impossible, " Vorobyova said.

According to Defense News, Thune proposed an amendment to the national defense budget appropriations act for fiscal year 2021 that would allow the us army budget to be used to purchase missile weapons. As a condition of the purchase, Turkey must be assured that it will not use the proceeds to buy other military equipment that is incompatible with the NATO requirement.
В ФСВТС заявили, что реэкспорт купленных Турцией С-400 без разрешения РФ невозможен
 

Voyageur

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A US senator has prepared a proposal to buy Russian S-400 air defense system from Turkey - The US Senate has approved a purchase.
Oh, that's just too funny!
It is funny, however what is exactly at play behind the screen (added salt just in case)?

This is in response to the F-35 project, and as an aside from above sanctions;

The amendment also suggested that proceeds of the S-400 purchase "will not be utilized to purchase or otherwise acquire military apparatus deemed by the United States to be incompatible with NATO".
Yet what about Israel's stake in the game - this goes back a year (Haaretz - 🧂)?

Snip:

One could cautiously conclude that Israel won’t be too disappointed if the Americans halt the supply of innovative warplanes to Turkey. Israel doesn’t view Turkey as an enemy, but the hostility between the two countries is no secret, and it’s difficult to predict how Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would react in future scenarios, such as escalation of the conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

From Israel’s perspective, halting the supply of the jets to Turkey wouldn’t be a bad development.

Under an agreement between Israel and Turkey, a maintenance center for F-35 engines was to be established in Turkey, to be used by air forces from the region. In addition, Turkish companies signed a large number of contracts to serve as subcontractors in the project, as was done in Israel – Israel Aerospace Industries is the subcontractor manufacturer of the stealth fighter’s wings.

If these contracts are canceled after the entire deal falls through, it would create a vacuum ripe for Israeli companies to enter. Feelers have been sent out between the Pentagon and Israel’s Defense Ministry about the possibility of putting together a package of proposals for new deals with Israeli military companies.

These contracts could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, though one shouldn’t count one’s chickens before the eggs hatch, and the leaders in question – Trump and Erdogan – are not known for being predictable.
While looking at either (S-400 or F-35) and ultimately what goes down (Caesar/CAATSA sanctions), cui bono?

In August of 2019 in TRT News (Turkish government broadcaster - 🧂):

Israel secretly lobbied the US Trump administration to block Turkey from purchasing its F-35 fighter jets in an effort to maintain its military edge in the region, according to Israeli media report.

Israel began urging the White House to drop Ankara from its F-35 project soon after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan approved the purchase of the S-400 missile defence system from Russia, Channel 12 reported on Thursday.

"It put pressure on Washington to cancel the sale of advanced aircraft to Turkey," it said.

[...]

US-Turkey tensions

Turkey was suspended from the F-35 programme in July, with the US administration claiming the Russian S-400 would compromise the security of its F-35 jets.

Turkey denies the claim, adding that for years it tried unsuccessfully to buy US Patriot missile defence before it turned to the S-400s.

While US President Donald Trump has resisted penalising Turkey over the S-400 issue, there has been pressure from Congress as well as his own administration to take measures against Turkey, including sanctions.

Israel only country in Mideast with F-35s

In the last two years, Israel started purchasing F-35s from the US, making it the only country in the Middle East to own this type of fighter aircraft.

The Israeli government has signed agreements with US defence contractor Lockheed Martin to purchase at least 50 F-35 aircraft using US aid funds.

The aircraft will be delivered in batches of twos and threes through 2024.

Israel, in 2018, revealed that its air forces had used the F-35 fighter jets in Lebanon which makes it the first military in the world to do so.
S-400's are important (2.5 billion deal), yet 50 F35's at 90 million each plus maintenance contracts/parts/manufacturing in US AID Funds (lucky U.S. taxpayers as always), is nothing to sneeze at. Knowing how these air craft deals go, it is probably > 7 billion by the time the dust settles. So, not sure, there seems to be a bit of a shell game going on here, and things to knock down by the press, and sanctions added, while other objectives are built up in other hands.
 

angelburst29

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There is a lot of serious activity on the Astana format this morning. Time to pull Syria out of War status and kick all foreign Military out.

The Russian, Iranian and Turkish presidents rejected all attempts to create a new reality in Syria "on the ground" under the pretext of the war on terror.

Syria's independence and integrity should be respected - Russia, Iran, Turkey statement

MOSCOW, July 1, 2020 - The principles of independence and integrity of Syria should be universally respected, no one should undermine them, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian and Turkish counterparts, Hassan Rouhani and Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday in their joint statement after an online summit in the Astana format.

The parties noted a firm "commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic, as well as the goals and principles of the UN Charter". They "emphasized that these principles are subject to universal compliance and that no actions by anyone should undermine it".


Russia, Iran, Turkey view Israel’s military attacks in Syria as destabilizing - statement
MOSCOW, July 1, 2020 - Israel's military attacks in Syria violate the country's sovereignty and raise tensions in the region, Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia, Hassan Rouhani of Iran and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said in a joint statement following a video conference on Wednesday.

According to the statement, the three presidents "reaffirmed the necessity to respect universally recognized international legal decisions, including those provisions of the relevant UN resolutions rejecting the occupation of Syrian Golan, first and foremost UN Security Council Resolution 497 and thus condemned the decision of the US Administration on the occupied Syrian Golan, which constitutes a grave violation of international law and threatens regional peace and security."

The document says that Putin, Rouhani and Erdogan "consider Israeli military attacks in Syria as destabilizing and violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of this country and intensifying the tension in the region."


Russia, Iran, Turkey call on international community to increase assistance to Syrians
MOSCOW, July 1, 2020 - The international community needs to increase assistance to Syrians without preconditions,
Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia, Hassan Rouhani of Iran and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said in a joint statement following a video conference on Wednesday.

According to the statement, the three presidents "expressed grave concern at the humanitarian situation in Syria and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, recognizing that the pandemic presents a profound challenge to Syria`s health system, socio-economic and humanitarian situations. Rejected all unilateral sanctions which are in contravention of international law, international humanitarian law and the UN Charter, particularly in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic."

Putin, Rouhani and Erdogan "emphasized, in this regard, the critical need to ensure rapid, safe and unhindered humanitarian access throughout Syria in order to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people, and, called upon the international community, particularly the UN and its humanitarian agencies, to increase their assistance to all Syrians without discrimination, politicization and preconditions."


Russia, Iran, Turkey welcome plans to hold meeting of Syrian Constitutional Committee
MOSCOW, July 1, 2020 - Moscow, Tehran and Ankara welcome plans to hold the third meeting of the Syrian Constitutional Committee in August, Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia, Hassan Rouhani of Iran and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said in a joint statement following a video conference on Wednesday.

They "reaffirmed their conviction that there could be no military solution to the Syrian conflict and that it could only be resolved through the Syrian-led and Syrian-owned, UN-facilitated political process in line with the UN Security Council Resolution 2254." Putin, Rouhani and Erdogan "emphasized in this regard the important role of the Constitutional Committee in Geneva, created as a result of the decisive contribution of the Astana guarantors and the implementation of the decisions of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi."

According to the statement, the three presidents "welcomed the agreement to hold the third meeting of the Constitutional Committee in August 2020 and reaffirmed the readiness to support its work through continuous interaction with its members and the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen, as facilitator, in order to ensure its sustainable and effective work."

The Constitutional Committee held its first meeting in Geneva in October 2019.


Putin, Rouhani, Erdogan to meet in Tehran as soon as possible
MOSCOW, July 1, 2020 - Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia, Hassan Rouhani of Iran and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey will hold a meeting in the Iranian capital of Tehran as soon as the situation allows, according to a joint statement issued following a trilateral video conference on Wednesday.

According to the statement, the three presidents "agreed to hold the next Tripartite Summit in the Islamic Republic of Iran upon the invitation of President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, H.E. Hassan Rouhani, as soon as possible." They also "agreed to assign their representatives with the task of holding the next International Meeting on Syria in the Astana format as soon as possible."

"In addition to the Syrian issue, they confirmed their intention to strengthen trilateral coordination in different fields in order to promote joint economic cooperation," the document adds.
 
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