Foreign Ministry: The US decision to arm terrorist groups reflects direct involvement in bloodshed
Damascus, (SANA)- The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry stressed that the White House’s statement on the use of chemical weapons in Syria is “full of lies” and “based on fabricated information”.
“Pursuant to impudent practices the United States has previously resorted to in order to justify its policies, the is White House issued a statement full of lies on chemical weapons use in Syria and based on fabricated information,” an official source said in a statement Friday.
The source slammed the White House’s statement for trying to hold the Syrian government responsible for the use of these weapons despite the fact that “repeated reports confirmed that the extremist terrorist groups in Syria have lethal chemical materials in their possession as well as the technology needed to produce these materials and smuggle them form some neighboring countries.”
The source criticized the flagrant double standard policy the US is practicing in the way it deals with terrorism.
“While seeking banal means to justify the U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to arm the Syrian opposition, the US is practicing a flagrant double standard policy in dealing with terrorism,” it said.
The source lashed out at the US administration’s double standards when it claims keenness on combating terrorism and adds Jabhat al-Nusra to its terrorist groups lists, while at the same time it supplies the terrorist groups in Syria with arms, money and equipment and provides political coverage to them through blocking a UN Security Council condemnation of their massacres.
The latest of these massacres, the source said, was that which Jabhat al-Nusra committed in Hatla village in Deir Ezzor province, claiming over 60 lives, mostly women and children.
The source also condemned the U.S. decision to supply the armed terrorist groups with arms as reflecting the US’s “direct involvement in the shedding of the Syrian people’s blood.”
The US’s decision, the source added, “raises serious questions about the sincerity of its intentions to contribute to finding a political solution to the crisis in Syria at the time when it stokes violence and terrorism by arming the terrorist groups which are going on with their crimes against the Syrians backed by the US and its allies.”
Moscow slams US decision to arm Syrian opposition and allegations on chemical weapons
Moscow, (SANA)- Russia stressed that the US decision to supply the “Syrian opposition” with arms hinders the efforts to hold the international conference on Syria, considering the U.S. allegations on chemical weapons use by the Syrian government as “fabricated” and “unconvincing”.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned US State Secretary John Kerry that Washington’s decision to arm the Syrian opposition will lead to further escalation in the region.
In a phone call on Friday, Lavrov said that the accusations leveled by the US adminsitraiton against the Syrian government on the use of chemical weapons aren’t based on solid evidence.
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the two sides stressed the need for exerting more efforts to realize the Russian-US initiative to hold an international conference on Syria and apply the Geneva communiqué, with Lavrov stressing the need for having a wide representation of all involved sides, including countries and Syrian sides.
Earlier, Russian President’s Assistant, Yuri Ushakov, stressed that the US’s tone on the crisis in Syria, particularly its intention to increase arms supplies to the “Syrian opposition”, does not contribute to the efforts to hold an international conference on Syria.
“Of course, this doesn’t facilitate the preparations for the international conference especially if they did decide and provide greater assistance to the opposition,” Ushakov said in statements to the reporters Friday.
Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, stressed Wednesday that the West’s attempts to arm the “Syrian opposition” and its leniency towards it hinder the efforts seeking to hold the international conference on Syria due in Geneva.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhail Bogdanov, warned in an interview with Russia Today channel that the US’s new decision constitutes “a negative factor” that would foil the efforts seeking to find a political solution to the crisis.
Bogdanov however stressed that the Russian side is ready to hold consultations in Geneva on June 25th, as previously agreed with the American partners, to discuss reparations for the international conference on Syria.
He pointed out that many issues depend on the outcomes of the upcoming meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the G-8 summit due in Ireland on 28-29 of June.
In this context, the Russian Foreign Ministry called in a statement for continuing work on the preparations for the international conference on Syria that aims to shift the crisis to the course of the political settlement and launch a dialogue between the Syrians in implementation of the Geneva communiqué issued on June 30th of last year.
Chairperson of the Russian Federation Council, Valentina Matviyenko, also warned of the dangerous consequences of such move by the US to supply the “Syrian opposition” with weapons.
“This indicates that the situation is reaching a serious level that could lead to dangerous repercussions in terms of the country getting divided and terrorists and extremists taking over,” Matviyenko was quoted by the Russian ITAR-TASS news agency as saying Thursday following talks with British officials in London.
She referred in this context to media reports showing gunmen of the “Syrian opposition” moving around over the dead bodies of people they had killed in villages in Syria.
On her talks with the British officials, Matviyenko pointed out that Russia and Britain have differences over how to solve the crisis in Syria but they share concern over the situation there and are ready to work to facilitate reaching a solution as soon as possible.
Chairman of the Russian Duma Committee on International Affairs, Alexei Pushkov, considered that the US administration’s decision to provide military assistance to the armed terrorist groups in Syria forms a way towards direct U.S. intervention in the crisis in Syria.
In a statement to the Russian Interfax news agency, Pushkov ruled out that further supply of weapons from the US to the “opposition” in Syria would make a radical change in the balance of power on the ground, which has tended over the past period to be in favor of the Syrian state and leadership.
U.S. Accusations on Chemical Weapons Are Fabricated
Commenting on the US’s accusations that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian government, Russian President’s Assistant Ushakov described the information which Washington presented to Moscow on this regard as “unconvincing” and are “difficult to be considered facts”.
Along with the US announcement of its intention to increase support for the armed terrorist groups in Syria and provide more arms to these groups, the White House issued Thursday allegations accusing the Syrian forces of having used chemical weapons.
Ushakov pointed out that a Russian-U.S. meeting was held “during which the US tried to present information to prove that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian government.”
“What the Americans talked about doesn’t seem convincing to Moscow,” he said, adding that the information presented by the Americans “are difficult to be described as facts.”
On this issue, Chairman of the Russian Duma Committee on International Affairs Pushkov stressed it is impossible to trust the U.S. allegations, indicating the absence of evidence that could prove the American accusations.
He added that it is probable that a scenario would be fabricated where the armed terrorist groups in Syria use chemical weapons “so as to evoke international investigation into the incident where the Syrian government would be blamed”.
“I have a feeling that these accusations are premeditated and is related to the desire of some circles in the US to get the approval of the U.S. President Barack Obama to increase involvement,” said Pushkov.
Pushkov, on his Twitter account on Friday, added that the information about the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons has been “fabricated” in a similar fashion as the lies about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.
He warned that Obama is following the same approach that was adopted by his predecessor George W. Bush.
For his part, the Russian foreign ministry spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich said that the information on Damascus use of chemical weapons were not based on corroborated facts, indicating that US, British and French experts did not convince Russia that Damascus did so.
”These reports indicate that US efforts to ensure a proper representation for the opposition in the international conference had hit the buffers,” Lukashevich said.
Chairman of the Russian Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee, Mikhail Margelov said that the US allegations on the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian forces are ”unconvincing.”
Speaking to the Russian ITAR-TASS news agency on Friday, Margelov said that Russia is committed to UN-led inquiry into the issue to unveil the perpetrators who used toxic materials and to verify whether it happened or not.
Margelov cited Iraq ”where allegations that Saddam Hussein’s regime possessed WMDs proved to be nonsense,” which ”led to an enduring instability in the region.”
Margelov said that the UN should not ”drag its feet on the investigations into the use of chemical weapons in Syria.”
Leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia Vladimir Zhirinovsky warned that the US is planning to repeat the Iraqi scenario in Syria.
”We will organize a mass gathering outside the US embassy to express support to our government’s actions to shut Syria’s airspace in the face of any missiles or warplanes so that no one can strike Syria,” he added.
Russian Security Council Discusses Situation in Syria in Light of US Latest Stances
The Russian Security Council, headed by President Vladimir Putin, on Friday discussed the situation in Syria in the light of Washington’s latest stances.
Dmitri Peskov, Russian President’s Spokesman, said that members of the Council discussed the situation in Syria in addition to economic and social situation in Russia.
Earlier on Thursday, the White House said that “the Syrian forces have used chemical weapons”, at the same time announcing that Washington will increase the support provided to the armed terrorist groups in Syria and will send more weaponry to them.
Bogdanov Discusses with Syria’s Ambassador in Moscow Situation in Syria, the Region
The Russian President’s Special Representative to the Middle East, Deputy Foreign Minister, Mikhail Bogdanov, discussed with Syria’s Ambassador in Moscow, Riad Haddad, the situation in Syria and the region.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, in a statement on Friday, that the meeting tackled the developments in Syria and the efforts exerted to hold the international conference on Syria.
Haddad stressed that Syria seeks the political solution and wants the international conference to be held, adding that the US and some western countries have been arming the Syria opposition since the beginning of the crisis.
Russia Condemns Hatla Massacre in Deir Ezzor
Russia strongly condemned the terrorist massacre that members of al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra committed in Hatla town in Deir Ezzor, slamming in the same breath some countries’ decisions to offer aid to the ‘Syrian opposition.’
The Russian foreign ministry spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich said ”Despite the efforts exerted according to the US-Russian agreements reached on May 7 in Moscow, terrorism in Syria continues unabated.”
”Furthermore, some powers are intensifying efforts and focusing attention on stoking the armed confrontation and bloody chaos, mounting attacks on civilians…They are adding fuel to the fire,” he added.
”Instigated by a Jihadist figure, rebels from ‘Jabhat al-Nusra’ killed on June 12 sixty civilians, including women and children, from Hatla village, and burned down their houses, before posting the videotape to the internet for sectarian aims.”
”The Syrian government demanded that the UN Security Council condemn the massacre,” he added.
Against this backdrop, Lukashevich described as ”incomprehensible” the stances of some countries regarding the provision of aid to the ‘Syrian opposition’, especially as regards the talk about ”liberated areas.”
”I do not want to believe that liberating lands is done in the same way as Hatla, ” the Russian foreign ministry spokesman added.
”As we express Russia’s strong condemnation of this bloody terrorist massacre, we announce Russia’s unyielding commitment to a peaceful settlement in Syria, and continuing efforts for holding an international conference to that end.”
Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist groups perpetrated on June 12, 2013 a massacre in Hatla village in Deir Ezzor against scores of citizens, most of them women and children because they refused to support their criminal acts.
Ushakov: No Talk on Freezing S-300 Missiles Contract with Syria
In another context, Russia affirmed that it was not backing on the contract to supply Syria with Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missiles.
The Russian President’s Assistant stressed that the Kremlin is not thinking of freezing the contract on exporting S-300 missiles to Syria, saying “this is not being discussed.”
“We are seeking to reach a settlement to the Syrian crisis in a constructive way,” said Ushakov.
President Putin reiterated at Russia-EU summit held early this month in the Russian city Yekaterinburg that all the contracts signed with Syria are in line with the international law and that the contract on exporting S-300 missiles was signed several years ago and has not yet been implemented.
Ingushetia President calls upon countries supporting terrorists in Syria to come to their senses
Moscow, (SANA)- President of Russian Republic of Ingushetia Yunus-Bek Yevkurov called upon the Western countries supporting the armed terrorist groups in Syria to come back to their senses.
In an interview with Russian Today, Yevkuruv said the experience in Egypt, Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan “teaches us that all this would sooner or later do harm to these same countries”.
He pointed out that the so-called “armed opposition” in Syria has turned into international terrorist groups that are now fighting the legitimate government in the country with the support of Western states.
Yevkuruv hailed Russia’s role in combating terrorism, noting that the incidents in Britain, France and the US indicate the fact that Russia is not an enemy to these countries as it rather stands on the front lines of combating international terrorism.
The US, France and Britain have recently witnessed a number of terrorist acts, including two terrorist bombings in Boston and an attack on a British soldier and a French one in London and Paris by extremists who belong to the same groups to which the West provides support in Syria.