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Two Syrian bases destroyed in missile attack

Syrian government announced that several of its military bases located in the provinces of Hama and Aleppo have come under missile fire, but decline naming the attacker.

According to Syria’s state news agency, “a new aggression with hostile missiles” happened at 10:30 pm local time, in which military positions in the Hama and Aleppo villages were targeted.

The targeted bases were manned by the Syrian army as well as Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, and housed several missile warehouses, according to the Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar.

The Tishreen Syrian newspaper informed via  its Facebook page that the attack was carried out by nine ballistic missiles fired from US and British military bases in northern Jordan. This has yet to be verified or confirmed by any other source at this time.

Russia concerned by ‘humanitarian’ cash flows to terrorists

I am perplexed by the format of today’s meeting that does not include official representatives of the Syrian government, – Russian Ambassador to EU Vladimir Chizhov said, addressing II Conference on Future Syria in Brussels.

“It looks strange, to say the least, that the distinguished delegates are planning to help Syria in a situation when official contacts with the legitimate government of the country have for many years remained a taboo for European politicians, and some states have even been promising “not to give a cent” until political change takes place in Syria“, Ambassador continued. He added that Russia supports Syria in its determination to defeat the main military and political stronghold of terrorists, ISIS (Daesh).

Amb.Chizhov draw attention to established by Russia, Turkey and Iran Astana format of talks in support of the Syrian settlement, which “genuinely enabled progress” towards a political solution to be attained via a broad intra-Syrian dialogue and talks under UN auspices as envisaged by UNSC Resolution 2254.  The Sochi Congress of Syrian National Dialogue was another contribution to the process, he continued.

“We are convinced that the key to success on this track lies with ensuring compliance of all influential international and regional actors with their obligations regarding the unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic” – Amb.Chizhov confirmed.

Sharing the view on humanitarian assistance to the population. Ambassador mentioned those civilians caught in military operations in Eastern Ghouta, Aleppo, the villages of al-Fu’ah and Kefraya still besieged by terrorists.

Chizhov reminded about inhabitants of Raqqa, the city “totally destroyed by US-led coalition bombings and half-forgotten by the international community“, or the Rukban camp for IDPs with no access available due to a 50 km “security zone” around al-Tanf unilaterally established by the US“.

Ambassador finds “surprising” a phenomenon of declaring “humanitarian catastrophe” on the territories controlled by militants. However as soon as the Syrian armed forces liberated Aleppo, or Eastern Ghouta from terrorists, the international community virtually went crying loud that a humanitarian catastrophe was allegedly unfolding there. “This was as long as militants were there. But once the issue was resolved nobody cared about the future of Syrians who had been living and continue to live there” – Chizhov regretted.

He pointed at Western  financial and economic sanctions as “inhuman‘, “suffocating“, and “counterproductivee”, denying the Syrian people the restoration of social and economic infrastructure. “Devastation, extreme poverty and despair form a fertile soil for new extremism to emerge and preserve conflict potential for many years ahead” – Chizhov warned.

Russia is seriously concerned by the forms and mechanisms of providing humanitarian aid by the West, while  transferring it directly to recipients in the form of cash, which allows to diverted to purposes quite different from those the donors are willing to achieve. “Cases are known when aid received was then sold at exorbitant prices, the proceeds from such trade used to buy weapons for terrorists, recruit new militants” – Chizov revealed.

Ambassador called for establishing close cooperation between potential donors and legitimate authorities of the Syrian Arab Republic to facilitate humanitarian aid access, and genuine improvement of the situation for people of Syria.

 

 

$4.4 billion pledged for humanitarian aid to Syrians

The EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini called for re-launch of Geneva peace talks on Syria as the way out of the crisis, putting end to the protracted conflict, during press-conference on Syria in Brussels.  Assessing the outcome of the meeting she reminded about recent international tensions related to allegations of Syrian governmental use of chemical weapons.”Nobody expected breakthrough” she said, explaining the aims of the the II Conference on Syria (#SyriaConf2018) taking place in Brussels on 24-25 of April as a humanitarian assistance endeavour. She also insisted that there is no military solution to Syrian conflict, adding that current event brought different parties at the table “respectfully” listening to each other, which is a step in a right direction.

“The United Nations and our humanitarian partners deliver life-saving assistance and protection to 7.5 million people every month in . We will continue to try and reach more people in need” – under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock said during press-conference in Brussels. He thanked Germany, as the major donor, the EU, the UK of “exceptionally large” pledges, insuring that this “money will make a difference to people”.

The UN special Envoy Staffan de Mistura repeatedly through his intervention called on major players in the region to make their contributions to the cause of peace and allow humanitarian efforts Syria to prepare the ground for a political negotiated solution to end the war, which has already claimed lives of more than half a million Syrian, and left millions homeless.

The UN Envoy also suggested more efforts should be done to enlarge the participation in Astana talks, promoted by Russia, Iran, and Turkey, focusing on ceasefire and creation of de-escalation zones.

However De Mistura put a special accent on a political de-escalation among major foreign players in the region, which is a necessary context to ensure military de-escalation. He regretted recent international tensions as detrimental to the cause of peace in Syria.

#Syria: EU-UN as “powerful symbol”

“Already the fact of having the European Union and the United Nations together is a very powerful symbol of our common approach that is based on the search for peaceful political solutions, the role of diplomacy, dialogue and respect – respect for people and human beings. It might sound basic, but especially in moments like this one – that do not look particularly encouraging, to use an euphemism – starting from people and persons is our common approach. And this is why I am glad that we started this Conference with a segment with civil society” – the EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini said.

“Special Envoy for Syria and I have just met representatives from Syrian civil society organisations, for almost three hours, and they will bring their contribution, their vision, their analyses and their recommendations to the ministerial session tomorrow, here in Brussels, at the Brussels Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region”, – she continued.

“The main message that we brought t them and we underlined with them – why it is so important they are here with us – is that Syria is not a chessboard, it is not a geopolitical game. Syria belongs to the Syrian people and the Syrian people have to decide themselves about the future of their country. It is when a political stalemate is so dramatic as it is today and the military escalation risks to spread even further, and even deeper, that the role and voices of the Syrians, of the men and women and young men and women of the country, count the most. As they have shown courage, determination, engagement, wisdom in working together now for three days, on common ideas, despite different backgrounds, coming from different places – some of them are in Syria, some of them are outside – they show the courage to listen to each other, to respect each other, to understand and find common ground” Mogherini underlined.

“I believe this is a great model for those who should sit around another table, the UN-led table, and find a political solution for the crisis” – the diplomat concluded.

II conference on #Syria in Brussels

While the Syrian war enters its eighth year, the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate. Over 13 million Syrians are now in need of humanitarian assistance, and more than 5 million Syrian refugees are displaced outside the country.

In this context, the conference will aim to mobilise humanitarian aid to Syrians inside the country and in the neighbouring countries. The conference will be an opportunity for further pledges, but also for additional efforts to allow access to places where aid is urgently needed.

 

 

Lavrov: Russia will rethink S-300 installation in Syria

“We will supply the S-300 to Syria?- The president said this. We do not have any moral obligations now” – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said while interviewed by RIA Novosti Agency. “We had moral obligations, we promised not to do this until about 10 years ago, in my opinion, at the request of our well-known partners. And we took into account their argument that this could lead to destabilization of the situation, although the facility is purely defensive, but nevertheless we have heeded the requests – now we have no such moral obligation.”

Batten: West bombing Syria is mess

Gerard BATTEN MEP (UK, UKIP) challenges EU foreign policy, opposing the EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini support of bombing Damascus based on allegations, in absence of the  UN mandate, and OPCW experts report.

MEP BATTEN also questions common sense of bombing Syria, while President Bashar Al-Assad is fighting Islamic State terrorists. “Federica Mogherini lives in a dream world” – Mr.Batten says while commenting on her appreciation of bombing of Damascus, pointing the democratic deficiency of the EU in conducting foreign policy.

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