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Saturday, February 01, 2014

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov says "What?" I'm Not Believing Him - It's About Tartus

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says he has no leverage over Syrian President Assad to end the nation's disasterous civil war and subsequent humanitarian crises. This is tragic and I just don't believe him, at all. 

Of course, I'm not a diplomat, but a person can see a lot by just looking and it seems like Assad is looking like a puppet of the Russian government. In my opinion, Russia doesn't want to look complicit in the genocide going on in Syria, so the Foreign Minister is claiming he needs help from other nations to leverage influence with Syrian president Assad to stop the humanitarian carnage. 

The Daily Beast reports:  Russia is not able to pressure the Syrian regime to make concessions to the Syrian opposition, at least not without the help of other international actors, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday.

Lavrov spoke at the Munich Security Conference about the recently failed first round of peace talks between the Syrian government and the Syrian Opposition Coalition in Geneva, mediated by U.N. Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi. At the same conference on Friday, Brahimi called on Russia to use its alleged influence with the Syrian regime to encourage them to return to Geneva next month for another round of talks and to be more constructive if they do. The first round failed to achieve any progress even on ancillary issues, such as humanitarian access to the besieged city of Homs.

“Why hasn’t Russia been able to put more pressure on the Assad regime to make even small concessions?” The Daily Beast asked Lavrov. “Is it that Russia is unwilling or unable to use its influence in Syria?”

This is ridiculous. Russia has tremendous influence over Assad. Russia is allowed to access Syrian clear water ports. Russia needs Syria to maintain a base of operations to access open water at a naval facility in the city of Tartus. Likewise, Assad needs Russia to hold off an invasion of his nation by an international force, including the United States, to save the people he has victimized from even more genocide.  

Russia can't project responsibility for the genocide, persecution and dislocation of over a million Syrian people on the lack of international cooperation to leverage against Assad. Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov is certainly speaking with a forked tongue. This reasoning has no credibility whatsoever.

In my opinion, Foreign Minister Lavrov obviously doesn't have any family of his living in forced exile, in a Syrian refugee camp.  

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