Today Russia's talk. When I have a bit more time, I might be able to dig up some more info but for now let's go with what I have.
First let's enjoy a site in Syria. If were going to discuss about the place, lets have a look!
Omayyed mosque- Damascus
FYI: I was reading that Damascus may be the longest continually inhabited city in human history.
What an amazing thought!
Moscow said on Monday that the “Friends of Syria” meeting in Istanbul was one-sided, adding it contradicted the goal of a peaceful settlement of the Syrian crisis.
"Unfortunately, the meeting in Istanbul was as one-sided" as previous such gatherings, the foreign ministry said in a statement.
"Its list of participants did not include either the Syrian government or many of the influential groups of the Syrian political opposition”, the statement added.
"The promises and intentions to deliver direct military and logistical support to the armed... opposition that were voiced in Istanbul unquestionably contradict the goals of a peaceful settlement to the civil conflict in Syria”.
Speaking of the influential groups of the Syrian political opposition...
Russia is going to meet in mid April with the opposition in Syria.
The internal opposition ignored by the NATO goons, that I have previously mentioned. This group supports the Anan initiative and was not invited to the “Friends” conference.
A delegation from the Syrian National Coordination Committee plans to visit Moscow “mid- April” for talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the opposition bloc’s Hassan Abdel-Azim said.What to make of this? The Russia-NATO summit cancelled - March 23/2012
The committee supports UN envoy Kofi Annan’s efforts and is ready to cooperate with international observers in Syria, Azim said, adding that the committee is demanding the release of all political prisoners in the country.
The committee wasn’t invited to the Friends of Syria Group meeting in Istanbul tomorrow, Azim said.
A Russia-NATO summit, which was scheduled in May, is cancelled. According to the official version, the summit was cancelled over “an intensive domestic political calendar in Russia.” However, the experts believe that this step is caused by disagreements of the parties concerned over the European missile defence system.
The Russia-NATO summit has stalled over the European missile defence system, the Kommersant daily reported. Experts noted that the decision to cancel a May meeting between Vladimir Putin and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen is linked with the disagreement over the vital issue. This is the missile defence system in Europe. The Russia-NATO summit was scheduled in Chicago in May, the newspaper recalled. However, the NATO general secretary stated that the summit will not be held at the scheduled time. He called as the reason “an intensive domestic political calendar in Russia.” The negotiators have nothing to say to each other, this is why the summit was postponed, director of the Institute of Strategic Planning and Forecasting Alexander Gusev noted.
“The postponement of the Russia-NATO summit is certainly linked with a quite serious political situation, primarily in Europe, over the deployment of the European missile defence along the borders with Russia. The question was certainly not settled. This primarily concerns relations between Russia and the EU states, so, the places, where the European missile defence systems will be deployed,” he noted. “I would like the summit to be held. All parties are interested in this, namely the United States, the NATO leadership, the EU states and Russia in the same way.”
The participation of the Russian president in the Russia-NATO summit was doubted already for several months, the Vedomosti noted. The Russian Foreign Ministry linked his visit to Chicago with the negotiations over the European missile defence system. In December 2011 Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov explained that a summit will depend from its substantial agenda. “If we had agreed on the missile defence by this time, it would have been easier for us to take a decision in favour of the summit,” Ryabkov said. For his part, Rasmussen acknowledged that the negotiators did not reach any progress in the negotiations.
Russia demands from NATO to give legally-binding guarantees for the European missile defence system not targeted against Russia and offer its own configuration of a common missile defence system for Russia and the West, the newspaper recalled. NATO representatives insist that Russia’s concerns are groundless. The European missile defence is not targeted against Russia, but against rogue states, primarily Iran, which is developing actively its nuclear program.
It seems Russia cancelled this meeting with NATO ????????
What could be the reasoning behind the cancellation? Is it just about the missile shield? Is the situation in Syria playing into this action?