Courtesy of Stop NATO
October 2, 2012

Russia urges NATO, Middle East countries not to invade Syria


Turkey: NATO’s Neo-Ottoman Spearhead in the Middle East

Turkish Actions Designed To Trigger NATO Confrontation With Syria?


Russia urges NATO and the countries of the Middle East not to look for pretexts to interfere in Syria militarily, Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told reporters earlier today.

According to him, Moscow warns against looking for this kind of pretext to resort to the use of force and is opposed to humanitarian corridors or buffer zones in Syria.

Today it is important that all parties to the conflict are coerced into ceasing fire and starting national dialogue.

This is provided for by the Geneva communiqué that’s been signed by all the interested countries.

Lamentably, the Russian diplomat said, some of the signees are in no rush to meet their commitments.

Syrian troops engaged in anti-terror operation near Damascus

The Syrian government troops are engaged in an anti-terror operation near Damascus, within a radius of 8 to 12 kilometres.

According to the Al-Watan news service, the Army Command seeks to mop up the capital city’s northern and eastern environs of extremist group fighters.

Fierce clashes are reported from the East Gouta region, where Army commando units are engaged in a mop-up operation at agricultural farms.


October 2, 2012

Moscow warns NATO on itchy trigger finger in Syria
Robert Bridge

The Foreign Ministry has called on NATO and Middle East countries not to devise pretexts for military intervention in Syria.

Russia has expressed concern that some provocation could occur at the Turkish-Syrian border that may give NATO the green light to intervene in Syria.

“In our contacts with our partners both in NATO and in the region, including on international forums, we have called on them not to look for pretexts in order to carry out a [military] operation,” Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told reporters on Tuesday in Moscow.

In such a scenario, NATO would be obliged to intervene in the conflict to defend Turkey, a NATO member.

Gatilov said Russia is equally wary of establishing any sort of “humanitarian corridors or buffer zones,” which may be used to draw NATO and other regional powers into the conflict.

The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been struggling to maintain its grip on power amid a militant challenge by the political opposition. While many Western countries have disavowed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and taken sides with the rebels, Moscow is calling for both sides of the conflict to accept the Kofi Annan Plan, recognize a ceasefire and enter into peace talks.

This is not the first time Moscow has warned its NATO partners against interfering militarily in the affairs of sovereign states.

Last year, Russia, which was among five countries that abstained from a UN Security Council vote for the enforcement of a no-fly zone in Libya.

Moscow said such action would lead to large-scale military involvement in the country.

These concerns were eventually validated when it became obvious that NATO was targeting forces loyal to former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was murdered at the hands of a mob immediately after being found.

Last month, the violence returned full circle to Libya when the US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens was killed following a wave of anti-American protests triggered by the release of an anti-Islam film.

Russia is concerned that by interfering in the affairs of foreign states, NATO is forced to build alliances with motley groups whose affiliation is largely unknown.

In Syria, there is evidence that Al-Qaeda has hijacked the opposition movement, and this is a scenario that could lead to disastrous consequences in the event of a NATO military operation.

Voice of Russia
October 1, 2012

Anti-Russian Smear: Latest Qatari Bid For Attack On Syria
Russia dismisses accusations of involvement in Turkish jet’s downing
Ilya Kharlamov


“The plane crashed into the sea, and its pilots never bailed out. This gives the lie to the survival story. Al-Arabiya’s report is an attempt to demonize Bashar Assad, smear Russia and support the latest call by Qatar, made in the UN Security Council, to mount an outside military intervention in Syria.”


Appearing in Moscow Monday, Russian diplomatic spokesman Alexander Lukashevich dismissed ‘as absolute rubbish’ an allegation by Al-Arabiya that Russian officers based in Tartus helped Syria down a Turkish F-4 reconnaissance jet in the memorable June incident which claimed the lives of two Turkish pilots.

At the time, Turkey accused Syria of violating international law. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promised Turkey American help in preparing ‘an appropriate response’. Syria argued that its air defences had acted automatically after the ill-fated Turkish jet brushed with its national airspace. Within a month or so, the row all but subsided. So what is the purpose of reigniting it?

Russian Middle East analyst Professor Yevgeni Satanovsky believes that the Saudi-funded Al-Arabiya is taking a run for its money and trying to mud ideological waters in the wake of the latest General Assembly debates on Syria:

“The main thwarters of an aggression against Syria are China and Russia. Smearing China, however, might compromise the Arab oil trade with that great Asian power. For this reason, Russia is in focus. It will not waver, because the attack is futile. After exposing themselves as liars in their coverage of the Arab Spring, which they dubbed the Arab Troubles, and the anti-Gaddafi uprising in Libya, Al-Arabiya, Al-Jazeera and many of their Western counterparts are simply not trustworthy.”

This time, Al-Arabya went as far as to allege that the two Turkish pilots survived the downing and were later executed by the Syrians with the approval of Moscow.

Russian defence analyst Igor Korotchenko dismisses this allegation as blatant lies:

“The plane crashed into the sea, and its pilots never bailed out. This gives the lie to the survival story. Al-Arabiya’s report is an attempt to demonize Bashar Assad, smear Russia and support the latest call by Qatar, made in the UN Security Council, to mount an outside military intervention in Syria.”

Russia observers say they expect more and more anti-Syrian and anti-Russian slander from Al-Arabiya.