What a turn: Syria wants US help against Russia – source

DAMASCUS, ($1= 1,257.86 Syrian Pounds) – Quite unexpectedly, and contrary to the anti-American policy pursued so far by the administration of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Damascus has sent an envoy to Washington to negotiate and resume relations between the two countries, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Middle East Monitor.

The information was confirmed by the Syrian adviser on Syrian issues to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Rami Al-Shaer three days ago during a TV interview for the Syrian opposition television on Syria TV. According to him, the envoy was sent to negotiate with Washington to recognize the legitimacy of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad at a time when relations between Russia and Syria are not as good and stable as they were months ago. The news was also confirmed by the Middle Eastern edition of MEMO.

According to Rami Al-Shayer, the envoy may seek not only political but also military support from Washington, as Moscow and Damascus have been unable to figure out how to counter the resurgent uprising in Daraa province for several months. BulgarianMilitary.com reminds you that it was in this Syrian province a decade ago that dissatisfaction arose with the regime of Bashar al-Assad, who later decided to quell the riots by sending the Syrian Arab army and surrounding the province.

The province is currently under siege again and a ceasefire has been agreed upon, but it was violated just hours later by Bashar al-Assad’s forces and Iranian militias backing the Syrian president. However, Russia opposes such developments and is constantly deepening the rift between Moscow and Damascus.

Bashar al-Assad clearly understands very well that any wrong step in this province can provoke not only Russia but also Israel, as the province is very close to the Israeli border. According to Rami al-Shayer, Bashar al-Assad is ready to coordinate with the Israelis and Americans for action in this province, thus forcing them to accept his rule and support Assad’s future intentions for the development and governance of the province.

The Russian adviser believes that 90% of the Syrian people want change and it is quite possible that if Assad cannot defeat the opposition, he will reconcile with it, which will give Assad two options: to withdraw or to reform, as in the two possibilities are likely to involve the United States as an intermediary.

If the allegations of the Syrian adviser to the Russian Foreign Ministry turn out to be true, it will be a serious blow to the ambitions and image of the Russian Federation and in particular Putin, who has been providing his support for ten years. Moreover, this could lead not only to a complete turn in the Syrian government but to the closure of some Russian arms channels operating in the country and the suspension of some infrastructure agreements between Moscow and Damascus.

BulgarianMilitary.com reminds you that last year the United States sent a small diplomatic mission to Damascus to negotiate the release of journalist Austin Tees. Some experts say it was then that a message was delivered that did not close Assad’s door to future talks with Washington. Maybe Assad has decided to take advantage anyway?


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