The party of regime-change in Syria, led by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, is beside itself about the recent victories by the Syrian army over the Western-sponsored terrorist groups occupying eastern Aleppo.
Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin (himself part of the regime-change party) reported on Nov. 27 that Kerry has been making frequent phone calls to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, frantically hoping to make some sort of a deal that would stop the Syrian army offensive on the jihadi-controlled districts of east Aleppo in return for yet another promise to separate the “moderate” opposition from Jabhat al Nusra, the Al Qaeda group in Syria.
Russian officials have confirmed Kerry’s outreach and don’t think much of it.
“This [effort] could be called unbelievable, in terms that there have never been so many phone calls between the Secretary of State and Russia’s FM which were focused on discussing a single issue — Syria,” said Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov, reports RT. At the Foreign Ministry, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov also confirmed that contacts between Kerry and Lavrov are ongoing, though. “The situation has changed both in the course of these consultations and talks and directly on the ground,” he told journalists, according to a report in Tass. “That is why I would call the Washington Post’s allegations [that the United States is trying to reach an agreement with Russia on lifting blockade off Aleppo in exchange for separation of terrorists from the opposition] as `the snows of yesteryear,'”he said.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault is so worried about the “implications” of the Syrian victories in Aleppo that this morning he called for an immediate session of the UNSC to discuss the situation there.
“More than ever before, we need to urgently put in place means to end the hostilities and to allow humanitarian aid to get through unhindered,” Ayrault said in a statement. A French diplomatic source added that Ayrault and his German counterpart would discuss Aleppo with Lavrov on the sidelines of the meeting in Minsk today. Steinmeier confiremd this.
“I believe we will use the talks in Minsk with the Russian side to make sure that there is an opportunity to send humanitarian aid there within the next few days,” he said this morning. Ryabkov pointed out, however, what almost no Western media or government officials have acknowledged, that the Russian military in Syria has been delivering humanitarian relief supplies on an almost daily basis in Syria, including Aleppo, for months.
“The Russian side for the last several weeks, practically alone, without support, has been alleviating the situation for residents of this city by delivering appropriate humanitarian aid,” he said,