Russian veto on Syria: look on the other side

Russian veto on Syria: a view from the other side

I do not know about you, but I always motivate what foreigners think of us, Russian, as are our hard life and what they expect from us and our politicians.

I remember at one point, during Gorbachev's perestroika, watching TV bridge between the U.S. and the USSR led him, if my memory serves me, comrade Posner. Part of the program was devoted to stereotypes — in other words, just the fact that they (the Americans) think about us and what we think about them.

Lead showed a "stereotypical" image Yankees. Russian family (all sit at the table with their hats with ear-flaps with hanging strings) eats iron pots of porridge — bolshennymi wood spoons. On the other picture — multilayer all across Red Square, stretching and at the mausoleum. People are standing in toilet paper.

What I'm getting at? And here's what. I thought about it: if I'm curious to speculate about what they thinking about us and what we are — then maybe it would be interesting for you.

But it is not about the queues for the toilet paper and not on their hats with earflaps I'm going to talk. And not even a Russian winter in the representation of the Yankees, the British or the Germans — even though foreign newspapers, in the case of protests in Moscow, almost always flashes the temperature in degrees Celsius (well, clear-loving Americans and Europeans are not used to protest in the cold, Well, for the cold-it is not used — and with the frozen Russian and reddish eyebrows and hit their noses, and scare). In the end, fed up with stereotypes. We semolina, painted spoons, boots, dolls, hats with earflaps, a Russian stove, vodka and the KGB, and have them — jeans, rock, favorite gangsters "Tommy" on the disc hundred rounds of ammunition, majestic depression, whiskey and the CIA.

Where are fun to read from foreigners that disturbs the whole world, and that one way or another connected with Russia. War, conflict, revolution, weapons. Global policy conference "veto". Interestingly, in my opinion, to find out that the Russian uttered — and what they were told. Find out about what somewhere in the "Times" think so, in the "Guardian" — commercials … and Russian do not give up!

If the material seems to have sour, stale, — say so. I'll think of something else nibudt.

And now — the first article on "They're after us".

For starters I suggest an overview of the foreign press on the Syrian issue. It covers only what concerns their understanding of our political position. So I take a few European and American newspapers fresher — and get down to business. Other people's translations or digests I do not use. You get first-hand information.

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I'll start with the European press

One of the notable newspapers, firmly settled in the web — German Sueddeutsche.de. In its issue of February 8, in the article "The U.S. government is losing patience …" she illuminates the Russian position on Syria in a neutral manner. Columnist notes that "Russia criticizes the decision of the Arab League as" illogical ". (This refers to the withdrawal of ambassadors). It is also said that the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov called for the company public dialogue in Syria — with the role of opposition groups.

In the same issue of the newspaper columnist Thomas Avenarius in his "Comments" writes: "… Russian and Chinese are doing now next step. They want to organize a controlled change of government in Damascus peacefully, without foreign intervention. If Russian and Chinese diplomats have coped with this task, they would be successfully defended its interests in Syria. But first they would have proved that the one-sided action of the Western world since the beginning of the "Arab Spring" in the Middle East, there are candidates: diplomacy, knowledge of the country and sober realism. "

«Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung» in the issue of February 7, 2012 has placed an article by Rainer Hermann "Pyramid Assad's government." R. Hermann believes that Syrian President Assad does not produce memory of that ruler, whose end is near, and that this can be judged three prerequisites: military remains loyal to the management, the opposition is one whole, the international community does not intervene in the lusts Syrian affairs. Regarding the latter premise in the article noticed that Assad can continue to rely on the Russian-Chinese "veto". And the "Free Syrian Army", by Hermann's beliefs does not represent "any serious danger."

About Russian interests in Syria says Lothar Ruehl — in an article entitled "Russia's interests to Syria» («Russlands Interesse an Syrien», «Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung», February 10). Ruehl says that the veto should not hit anyone, and that Syrian interests of the Russian Federation have roots since imperial times: from the middle of the XIX century. The journalist says the defeat of in the Crimean War, and later wrote about the Congress of Berlin in 1878, which "was preceded by the victorious Russian-Turkish war. " The journalist writes that the war "has brought the army to the king of Constantinople, but after the Anglo-French naval maneuver in the march of sea straits ruler Alexander was obliged to retreat." Further in the article is the crossing of the "line of imperial policy," Nicholas II (1915) and explains the line of Stalin: "Since the German attack in June 1941 and the end of the war Russian Alliance — now allied with Western powers — tried to get a role in the control international regime Turkish sea straits. " It means trying placed Russian military and naval bases in the Aegean Sea or in Syria. "Syria has been the central political and strategic goal for Moscow, — says Ruhl. — Damascus for Russia for a long time been the gateway to the Middle East. In 1972 Russian Alliance lost Egypt … what else to increment the value of Syria. Russian control — continues a journalist — has supported the Syrian desire for "strategic opportunities for action" against Israel warplanes, heavy artillery, tanks, missiles rather short-range and long-range air defense weapon … After the end of the Russian Union in 1991, Moscow has continued this policy. " Ruhl reports on weapons sales price of $ 4 billion. $, And that the "current civilian Russian investments in Syria would be about $ 20 billion. $ ". The journalist said that Moscow now wants to "fix" the Assad reasons described above, that is fighting to preserve their own influence in the Arab world. But of success, says the creator of articles will not be — until such time as the Moscow fails to resolve the conflict through mediation to ensure the "Russian position in Syria."

News from England

The newspaper «The Telegraph» Room for February 9, has placed an article by Colin Cohn, "Russia in fighting stance against the United States because of Syria." Article anticipates the photo: "Supporters of the Syrian government's welcome Sergey Lavrov to Damascus." In this paper, Colin said: "Confirmation that the U.S. and its allies are studying military options for implementing aid the rebels (the opponents of Assad) in Syria, is a cause for concern … not in the least concern for the fact that the West is embroiled in a direct confrontation with the Russian"
. The journalist notes further that there is still no clear notion of what the rebels in Syria and what is their ultimate goal. The greatest "concern", which is described by Con Coughlin, is that "the United States will be involved in a possible direct military confrontation with Russia — on the decision of the fate of Syria. "Cold War — says Colin — a place in the history books, but a similar confrontation may appear again if Washington decides to apply military option to Syria — to protect anti-government rebels. " The article further stated that the visit "this week, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov Damascus put forward by the first plan of the importance of Syria for Moscow. Syrian port of Tartus — the only military base of the Russian Federation is an old Russian Union and Russia regard Syria as a relevant strategic asset. As can be seen, any attempt of Western states to intervene in the internal affairs of Syria, may cause a firm answer from Moscow. "

In the issue of the "San" from 7 February 2012 an article by Emily Ashton and Nick Parker: "William Hague criticized the Syrian Hell" — with the subtitle: "The UK will do everything to put an end to the massacre of civilian persons in Syria. The Minister of Foreign Secretary William Hague vowed it last night. " The article states: "… David Cameron referred to the behavior of the Russian Federation and China" incomprehensible and unforgivable. " French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet said that the two countries "deserve a kick in the ass." But Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the international response to the veto "verged on hysteria."

Turn to America

In an editorial «Los Angeles Times» Room for February 10, he said that our homeland has shown its decision on Syria, sent to Damascus minister of foreign affairs. This, as noted in the article, shows the "little inclination" to put pressure on Assad. "Los Angeles Times" does not believe that there is a diplomatic nominee resolution on Syria, which our homeland and China vetoed, but believes that South American military action in Syria could embroil the country in civilian war. In "Los Angeles Times" did not think it possible U.S. military intervention in the affairs of Syria, we are talking only about the "pressure on the Syrian regime" — to end the war with the Syrians and the Syrians on the "transition to democracy". "Diplomacy — the best choice," says the newspaper.

"New York Times" in its issue of February 7, published an article by Michael Shvirttsa and Rick Gladstone, "Stung by the criticism of our homeland has sent envoys to Syria — to defuse the crisis." The article quoted Lavrov that Syrian President Assad was ready to negotiate with the opposition, "Today we received testimony from the president of Syria, that he is willing to make efforts to cooperate." Then they say about journalists uncertainty as to "whether the birthplace of our diplomatic power to provide a meaningful impact on the action. Because of Moscow voiced support for the Assad government Russia could not gain the trust of the Syrian opposition. " The article points out the fact that Sergei Lavrov on the streets of Damascus, welcomed the "thousands of government supporters."

«Denverpost.com» February 9, 2012 published an article Bassem Mroue ("Associated Press"), which refers to the "cool different" positions of the West and Russia on Syria. "Moscow — the article says — calls combine reform with the negotiations and opposes Assad's departure." Further reported that the opposition "reject promises of reform as empty, shall be removed from all negotiations, while the violence lasts, and states that the departure of Assad — the only way to resolve the crisis." The newspaper quoted the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin: "We should not act like a bull in a china shop. We need to give people a chance to decide their own fate independently. "

In general, the Western media against Russian position on Syria speaks very carefully — and in the last days even faster endorses the decision of Moscow ("sober realism", etc.), if tears away. This is due to the growing concerns in the world in front of a South American military intervention in the affairs of Syria. After all, the military scenario, as journalists write, can serve as a prerequisite for a "direct confrontation with the Russian."

Surveyed and translated Oleg Chuvakin
— Especially for topwar.ru

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