Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, during his joint press conference with the visiting Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy today in Moscow, referring to peace talks proposed by Russia and the United States, said, “If for someone it is more important to constantly threaten, to scare, to seek for an excuse for strikes, that is another path to wrecking completely the chances of calling the Geneva-2 conference.” “It is necessary to first convince the opposition (to attend). But maybe it’s time to start using a different verb to force the opposition to take part in the conference,” he added.
There is no doubt that a section of the opposition, funded by the Saudis and backed by the U.S., Britain, and France, has already become hyperactive in trying to torpedo the peace talks. Today, in Russia’s Chechnya, a Saudi-funded jihadi secessionist suicide bomber drove a car to the main gates of an Interior Ministry compound in the village of Sernovodsk, in the Sunzhensky district near Ingushetia border and killed three police officers and injured four others.
Also, in Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan’s State Committee for National Security has reported today detaining terrorist group members, who were preparing to carry out acts of terror in the republic. The counter-terrorist operations, organized on the eve of the Independence Day of Kyrgyzstan (August 31) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organizations summit (September 13), discovered a group belonging to the Islamic Jihad Union organization that had been active earlier in Syria.
These enhanced terrorist activities reflect the veracity of recent reports on the meeting of the Saudi intelligence chief Bandar bin Sultan and the Russian President Vladimir Putin last month. Bandar, who went to Moscow to urge Russia to abandon the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad, had reportedly told Putin, according to the Lebanese paper As-Safir, that “the Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games [Winter Olympics in Sochi] are controlled by us.”
“Prince Bandar went on to say that Chechens operating in Syria were a pressure tool that could be switched on and off,” As-Safir added.