Thursday, February 14, 2019

Iran, Russia & Turkey Committed to Syria's Sovereignty- Terror Attack in Iran

The terror attack that took place against Iran, on the eve of the Sochi summit, was a clear message to Iran. Sent via proxies for the regional remakers, including the Sunni Muslim Kurds- To believe anything else is just silly. It's blatantly obvious and has been stated repeatedly that sights are set on Iran.

Rouhani- Putin- Erdogan
1-Full Text of the Statement issued after the meetings below:

Iran, Russia and Turkey on Thursday emphasized strong and continued commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic as well as to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter.

The full text of the statement is as follows:

'Joint Statement by the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the President of the Russian Federation and the President of the Republic of Turkey
'(Sochi, 14 February 2019)

'President of the Islamic Republic of Iran H.E. Hassan Rouhani, President of the Russian Federation H.E. Vladimir Putin and President of the Republic of Turkey H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan gathered in Sochi on 14 February 2019 for a Tripartite Summit.

'The Presidents:

1. Discussed the current situation on the ground in Syria, took stock of the developments following their last meeting in Tehran on 7 September 2018 and underscored their determination to strengthen the trilateral coordination in light of their agreements.

2. Emphasized their strong and continued commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic as well as to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter.

3. Highlighted that these principles should be universally respected and that no actions, no matter by whom they were undertaken, should undermine them.

4. Rejected all attempts to create new realities on the ground under the pretext of combating terrorism and expressed their determination to stand against separatist agendas aimed at undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria as well as the national security of neighboring countries.

5. Took note in this regard that the US decision on the withdrawal of its forces from Syria, if implemented, would be a step that would help strengthen stability and security in the country in compliance with the above-mentioned principles.

6. Examined in details the situation in the Idlib de-escalation area, denounced and expressed serious concern with the attempts of the terrorist organization “Hayat Tahrir al-Sham” to increase its control over the area, and agreed to effectively counter these attempts as well as to take concrete steps to reduce violations in the Idlib de-escalation area through full implementation of the agreements on Idlib, including the Memorandum on Stabilization of the Situation in the Idlib De-escalation Area of 17 September 2018. They also reaffirmed the determination to continue cooperation in order to ultimately eliminate DAESH/ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and all other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaeda or DAESH/ISIL, and other terrorist groups, as designated by the UN Security Council.

7. Discussed the situation in the north-east of Syria and agreed to coordinate their activities to ensure security, safety and stability in this area including through existing agreements, while respecting sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country.

8. 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.

9. Reaffirmed their determination to facilitate the launch of the Constitutional Committee as soon as possible, including by agreeing on its composition and elaborating recommendations for its rules of procedure based on the work undertaken by the three guarantors. They emphasized in this regard the importance of continuing interaction and coordination with the Syrian parties and the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen.

10. Welcomed the successful development of the second mutual release of detainees within the framework of efforts of the respective Working Group. The releases that took place on 24 November 2018 and 12 February 2019 constituted important contribution of the Astana format to building confidence between the Syrian parties and creating necessary conditions for advancing the political process.
Syria and Turkey swapped detainees the other day.
11. Emphasized the need to continue all efforts to help all Syrians restore normal and peaceful life as well as alleviate their sufferings. In this regard, they called upon the international community, particularly the United Nations and its humanitarian agencies, to increase their assistance to Syria by providing additional humanitarian aid, restoring humanitarian infrastructure assets, including water and power supply facilities, schools and hospitals.

12. Highlighted the importance of creating conditions for the safe and voluntary return of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) to their original places of residence in Syria. They assessed positively the interaction with all interested parties, including the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and reaffirmed their readiness to continue this coordination.

13. Agreed to assign their representatives with the task of holding the next International Meeting on Syria in Astana in April 2019.

14. In addition to the Syrian issue, discussed recent developments in the world as well as their collaboration in different fields and decided to boost joint economic and commercial cooperation.

15. Condemned the recent terrorist attack in Iran (Sistan-Balouchestan Province). President of the Russian Federation H.E. Vladimir Putin and President of the Republic of Turkey H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed their condolences to the families of the victims of this attack and sympathy with the people and the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
That's correct there was a terrorist attack in Iran: The very day of the Summit in Sochi.
Message to Iran? You betcha! Delivered via Pakistan - In collusion/cooperation with the Sunni Muslim terror group PKK, undoubtedly!  Not to forget the MEK.

2-Iran calls for intensified security measures on Pak border
Algemeiner& Reuters  & Jundallah Iran
A militant Sunni Muslim group, Jaish al Adl (Army of Justice), which says it seeks greater rights and better living conditions for the ethnic minority Baluchis, has claimed responsibility for the attack, Iranian media have reported.
The assault, which wounded at least 13 people, took place in the province of Sistan-Baluchestan, which has a large, mainly Sunni Muslim, ethnic Baluchi community, which straddles the border with Pakistan.

Statement concludes with
16. Decided to hold the next Tripartite Summit in the Republic of Turkey upon the invitation of President of the Republic of Turkey H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

17. The Presidents of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Turkey expressed their sincere gratitude to President of the Russian Federation H.E. Vladimir Putin for hosting the Tripartite Summit in Sochi.'
3-The US organized a global conference on the Middle East in Warsaw, Poland, but Turkey's leader attends Sochi Summit with Russian & Iranian leader instead

The choice made by Turkey, shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone considering US duplicity for years now.
As Trump administration officials presided over the second day of an international conference in Warsaw dominated by calls to ratchet up pressure on Iran, one longtime U.S. ally and NATO member was noticeably absent — Turkey.

Snubbing the gathering in Poland, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday attended a rival conference in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, where he planned to meet his Russian and Iranian counterparts to work out a final settlement of the war in Syria.

The dueling summits illustrate President Donald Trump's struggle to forge a united front against Iran, and reflect Turkey's drift away from Washington as it finds common ground with Moscow and Tehran, experts and former officials said.

 Colin Clarke, senior research fellow at the Soufan Center, a New York-based think tank.

"I think we're seeing a realignment," Clarke told NBC News. "The U.S. has gone from the position where we called the shots, to where we are making mere suggestions to Turkey. That's a major sea change."
Oh, I don't know... perhaps attempting a coup, arming their enemies and waging financial warfare against Turkey might have had something to do with their non-attendance?

4-Russia, Turkey and Iran hold Syria talks with an eye on final rebel stronghold??
So the headline claims, but, it appeared to me as if the status quo will be maintained with most likely a chipping away/attrition of the terror groups ensconced within Idlib. Anything to overt will "force"the hand of the coalition to come in and start bombing. (Ostensibly to save civilians)There is nothing in the report below that suggests anything big is set to occur.

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted the leaders of Turkey and Iran on Thursday, intensifying efforts to usher in peace in Syria as a fragile truce is threatened in the country’s final rebel stronghold.

The three presidents — Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Iran’s Hassan Rouhani — gathered at the Black Sea resort town of Sochi, where they pledged to take some sort of action against militants in Idlib province in northern Syria.

“I am confident that our trilateral summit on Syria will provide a new impulse toward stabilization in this country,” Putin said before sitting down with his counterparts. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Idlib is “definitely on the agenda.”

“The parties will definitely discuss the fact that terrorist groups continue to have a presence there,” he said.

Nothing contained in the report that specifies any attack on Idlib. Out of context quotes run together...


  1. Hi Penny:

    A bombing, anywhere in the world and at any time is, statistically, the work of the usual suspects. This is how they attempt to provoke a wider conflict that will draw the stupid goyim into yet another war for their agenda. As I have repeated ad nauseam the war on Syria will only end when the Syrian Arab Army directly confronts the foreign squatters and kicks them out. It will be a bloody catastrophe...granted...but that's what it will take.

    1. consider the fact that both the US and Israel have made no bones at all about targeting Iran... there can only be one conclusion to be made from that timely terror attack

  2. Oh look terror attack in Iran
    US miffed that Turkish leadership meets with Putin and Rouhani instead of in Poland and..
    the US updates the travel warning to Turkey..

    Clearly political in nature or perhaps a little more?

    "The US Department of State on Thursday updated its travel advisory for Turkey amid stalled US-Turkey talks on Syria and growing differences over Venezuela and Turkish S-400 deal with Russia.

    Turkey announced Thursday it would be going ahead with a purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile system, ahead of an informal Friday deadline to respond to a rival US offer.

    So the US is displeased with Turkish actions and..

    "The State Department upped the advisory to “Level 3”, urging citizens “to reconsider travel the Middle Eastern country due “to terrorism and arbitrary detentions” and to refrain from going to “the Syria and Iraq borders."

    “Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Turkey. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, local government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, and other public areas,” the advisory read."

    Will there be a terror attack in Turkey in the next few days?
    It's possible

  3. Hi Penny:

    ONE of the reasons why Turkey is going ahead with the Russian S-400 deal is because Russia will actually deliver the weaponry. With the United's all talk and no weapons. Turkey was trying to get weaponry of various sorts from the US/West for years and even though there was beaucoup de negotiations and promises...never any weapons. Then when Turkey started talking weapons supply with Russia...the US pretended to be serious. Turkey went along just for the ride...knowing the US would never give a country with a leader that they tried to eliminate...weapons particularly weapons like the S-400...that could be used for SELF DEFENSE.

    So now the dog and pony show is finally over...and Turkey enters a very dangerous phase...the agreement with Russia has been publicized but the weapons have not arrived or been set up to defend Turkey...or so we are being told. IMO, the weapons are already in place in well as China, India, Saudi Arabia, North Korea...and whatever other country has ordered them.

    1. Hey GC:

      I think Turkey's been in a dangerous spot for quite some time now... the coup. Arming the PKK.

      The S-400 to Turkey will enable Russia to create a larger A2/AD bubble in the region. Turkey will be able to defend itself from it's not so loyal allies.

      I've written about this previously in 2015:

      Russia building an A2/AD Bubble over Syria/Levant

      " A2/AD Bubble over Syria and the Levant-
      Keeping in mind that the A2/AD strategy is a DEFENDER/DEFENCE strategy to prevent/block/deny regional access, to an attacker, the defender cannot otherwise engage succesfully.

      This certainly fits the scenario unfolding in Syria. Despite the blathering idiot talk on line and elsewhere Russia cannot take on/defeat NATO. Except in a nuclear war? Which none of us want."

      A2/AD Bubble, Syria and the Bigger Strategic Picture.

      "If counter-air multiple systems are deployed in a “layered” manner, accessing Russian-controlled airspace over and around Syria will become more problematic and dangerous, it is as simple as that. Even deploying the S-300 system would give Russia persistent anti-air capability deep into Syria and far out into the Mediterranean Sea, and even over Lebanon and southwestern Turkey"