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Vladimir Putin calls US 'weak' on Syria as Russia talks are shunned
Date
Octobe


    • Russian President Vladimir Putin, second from left, and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev in Astana, Kazakhstan. Photo: Alexei Nikolsky

      Russian President Vladimir Putin said US policy on Syria is weak and lacks objectives, though he remains open to direct talks as Russia continues its bombing campaign in support of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

      "I don't really understand how the US can criticise Russia's actions in Syria if they refuse to have direct dialogue," Mr Putin told reporters on Thursday during a visit to Astana, Kazakhstan. "The basic weakness of the American position is that they don't have an agenda, though we're keeping the door open" for talks, he said.

      The basic weakness of the American position is that they don't have an agenda.

      Vladimir Putin, Russian President
      Amid growing friction over Russian air strikes in Syria that began on September 30, the US rejected Mr Putin's offer to send a delegation led by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to Washington to explain the campaign against Islamic State and other militants, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.

      Mr Putin accused some states of having "oatmeal in their heads" on Tuesday for failing to understand that Russia's intervention seeks to defeat terrorism. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov expressed "regret" on Wednesday over the American rejection of high-level talks.

      "We've said that we're not interested in doing that, as long as Russia is not willing to make a constructive contribution to our counter-ISIL effort," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on Wednesday, using an acronym for Islamic State. "Russia has their own agenda and it's an agenda right now that they're pursuing on their own."

      Russia and NATO member Turkey are establishing "lines of communication between our militaries in connection with events taking place in Syria" following tensions over violations of Turkish airspace, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Aleksey Meshkov told a conference in Moscow on Thursday, according to the Interfax news service. Turkey and Russia can find consensus on Syria, Umit Yardim, the Turkish ambassador to Moscow, said at the same meeting.

      Russia is wrapping itself in a "shroud of isolation" over Syria and in relation to the conflict in Ukraine, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said Wednesday in Washington. Its actions in support of Mr Assad "will inflame and prolong the Syrian civil war" while the US has "seen increasingly unprofessional behavior from Russian forces" there, he said.

      In a sign of the risks involved, a Russian Su-30 fighter jet flew within about two to three kilometers of a US warplane on October 10 during a mission in Aleppo Province, according to a statement by the Defence Ministry in Moscow on Wednesday. The intention was to identify the plane and "not scare anyone", the ministry said.

      Turkish airspace violations by Russian jets are unacceptable and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has "a duty to reinforce" its ally, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said after a meeting of defence ministers in Brussels last week. Russia must "stop interfering" and halt attacks in Syria, where there's a risk of a new exodus of refugees, Turkey's interim Deputy Prime Minister, Numan Kurtulmas, said in an interview with state-run Anadolu Agency on Friday.


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lajikal

Registered User
Turkey masses troops near Kurdish-held Syrian town
12/23/18


BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey is massing troops near a town in northern Syria held by a U.S.-backed and Kurdish-led force, a war monitor said as Turkish media reported Sunday new reinforcement crossing the borders.

The Turkish buildup comes even though Turkey said it would delay a promised offensive in eastern Syria in the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops earlier this week.

Trump tweeted on Sunday that he had a “long and productive” call with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan in which they discussed “the slow & highly coordinated” pullout of U.S. troops from the area. This is the two leaders’ second phone conversation in 10 days. U.S. military officials are scrambling to come up with a schedule for the withdrawal of an estimated 2,000 troops.

A statement from the Turkish presidency said the two leaders agreed to coordinate militarily and diplomatically to ensure the U.S. pullout from Syria does not lead to an “authority vacuum.”

Trump’s decision, announced last week after a call with Erdogan, surprised his allies and own experts, sparking the resignation of two of his top aides. He had asked for an immediate withdrawal, but experts convinced him that they needed time to work out a timetable.

The Turkish IHA news agency reported that a convoy of Turkish troops — a commando unit — had been sent into Syria overnight.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the reinforcements were sent to the front line with Manbij, where U.S. troops have been based. The Observatory said 50 vehicles crossed into Syria — carrying troops and equipment.

A Turkish military official, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with government protocol, said the military reinforcements were dispatched to the areas administered by Turkey in northern Syria, without elaborating.

The spokesman for the Kurdish-led Manbij Military Council, Sharfan Darwish, said Turkish reinforcements have arrived in the area. “We are taking necessary measures to defend ourselves if we are attacked,” he said without elaborating.

U.S. troops based around Manbij patrolled the town and surrounding area on Sunday and were photographed speaking with the residents.

Turkey has welcomed Trump’s decision. Ankara views the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces as an extension of the insurgency within its borders. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to dislodge the Kurdish fighters from along its border with Syria.

The U.S. has since 2014 partnered with the Syrian Kurdish militia to drive out the Islamic State group, a partnership that soured relations between Ankara and Washington.

Allaying some of Turkey’s fears was a deal reached in June over Manbij. According to the deal, the Kurdish militia would withdraw from Manbij and U.S. and Turkish troops would patrol the area as a new administration for the mixed Arab-Kurdish town is elected.

But Ankara says the U.S. and the Kurds didn’t live up to their end of the deal and that it would start an offensive in eastern Syria to drive out the militia. Turkey already has troops in northwestern Syria and has backed Syrian fighters there to clear towns and villages of IS militants and Kurdish fighters.

After Trump’s decision, Erdogan said he would delay the eastern Syria offensive and would work on plans to clear out IS from the region.

A spokesman for the Turkey-backed Syrian opposition fighting group said the continued Turkish and allied forces buildup is to prevent Syrian government troops from taking advantage of the tension in the area to seize territory.

Youssef Hammoud, spokesman for the Syrian opposition fighters, accused the Kurdish militia of reaching out to the Syrian government to replace U.S. troops if they withdraw.

Darwish dismissed the claims as “untrue,” calling them “old accusations” from the rival Syrian groups.

Also Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron said he “deeply regrets” Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria and warned it could have dangerous consequences.

Macron showered praise on U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who quit in the wake of Trump’s unexpected move. “An ally should be reliable, coordinate with other allies. Mattis understood this,” Macron said during a trip to Chad.

Macron said that the troop withdrawal endangers Kurdish fighters, who were instrumental in the U.S-led coalition’s fight against IS militants.

“We should not forget ... what we owe to those who died on the ground fighting terrorism,” he said, referring to the SDF. “The SDF is fighting against the terrorism that fomented attacks against Paris and elsewhere ... I call on everyone not to forget what they have done.”

Macron did not say what France’s military will do next in Syria. Kurdish officials met with a French presidential adviser Friday, and one asked France to play a larger role in Syria following the American withdrawal.
 
Vladimir Putin calls US 'weak' on Syria as Russia talks are shunned
Date
Octobe


    • Russian President Vladimir Putin, second from left, and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev in Astana, Kazakhstan. Photo: Alexei Nikolsky

      Russian President Vladimir Putin said US policy on Syria is weak and lacks objectives, though he remains open to direct talks as Russia continues its bombing campaign in support of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

      "I don't really understand how the US can criticise Russia's actions in Syria if they refuse to have direct dialogue," Mr Putin told reporters on Thursday during a visit to Astana, Kazakhstan. "The basic weakness of the American position is that they don't have an agenda, though we're keeping the door open" for talks, he said.

      The basic weakness of the American position is that they don't have an agenda.

      Vladimir Putin, Russian President
      Amid growing friction over Russian air strikes in Syria that began on September 30, the US rejected Mr Putin's offer to send a delegation led by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to Washington to explain the campaign against Islamic State and other militants, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.

      Mr Putin accused some states of having "oatmeal in their heads" on Tuesday for failing to understand that Russia's intervention seeks to defeat terrorism. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov expressed "regret" on Wednesday over the American rejection of high-level talks.

      "We've said that we're not interested in doing that, as long as Russia is not willing to make a constructive contribution to our counter-ISIL effort," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on Wednesday, using an acronym for Islamic State. "Russia has their own agenda and it's an agenda right now that they're pursuing on their own."

      Russia and NATO member Turkey are establishing "lines of communication between our militaries in connection with events taking place in Syria" following tensions over violations of Turkish airspace, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Aleksey Meshkov told a conference in Moscow on Thursday, according to the Interfax news service. Turkey and Russia can find consensus on Syria, Umit Yardim, the Turkish ambassador to Moscow, said at the same meeting.

      Russia is wrapping itself in a "shroud of isolation" over Syria and in relation to the conflict in Ukraine, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said Wednesday in Washington. Its actions in support of Mr Assad "will inflame and prolong the Syrian civil war" while the US has "seen increasingly unprofessional behavior from Russian forces" there, he said.

      In a sign of the risks involved, a Russian Su-30 fighter jet flew within about two to three kilometers of a US warplane on October 10 during a mission in Aleppo Province, according to a statement by the Defence Ministry in Moscow on Wednesday. The intention was to identify the plane and "not scare anyone", the ministry said.

      Turkish airspace violations by Russian jets are unacceptable and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has "a duty to reinforce" its ally, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said after a meeting of defence ministers in Brussels last week. Russia must "stop interfering" and halt attacks in Syria, where there's a risk of a new exodus of refugees, Turkey's interim Deputy Prime Minister, Numan Kurtulmas, said in an interview with state-run Anadolu Agency on Friday.


      Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/vladimi...re-shunned-20151015-gkaegd.html#ixzz3ojW6VEie
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Where's all the FB experts that are still saying Trump is Putin's buttboy?
 

MurphCO

Enough of this palaver
Donator
Let Turkey, Russia, Saudi, and Israel duke it out a while

Btw are any Syrian men actually fighting in this battle? Bunch of fucking pussy-assed bitches, the lot of them
 

NuttyJim

Registered User
Fuck fighting the sandpeople for the next 100 years.

The only ones that can bring peace and change to that region is them.

We are gonna get attacked no matter what.

Time to bring our soldiers home. Fuck them.
 
Fuck fighting the sandpeople for the next 100 years.

The only ones that can bring peace and change to that region is them.

We are gonna get attacked no matter what.

Time to bring our soldiers home. Fuck them.
Exactly, have Elon Musk make more solar cars and hope that whole section of earth dies off. No reason we should be dealing with cavemen with cellphones.
 

NuttyJim

Registered User
Exactly, have Elon Musk make more solar cars and hope that whole section of earth dies off. No reason we should be dealing with cavemen with cellphones.
I don’t give a fuck what Elon musk does, why do we have to be sucked into a situation that clearly isn’t and has not gotten better for more than a decade?
 

tattered

Uber-Aryan
Wackbag Staff
We need to blast those fucking poppy fields into the next century and then salt the land.

perhaps @lajikal liberal tears could do the job
You leave the god damn poppy fields alone. You think youre the only person who gets sick if they dont get their jelly beans?
 

KRSOne

Registered User
The CIA taught Bin Laden to take down the Soviets by draining their resources in pointless unwinnable wars. Americas enemies today are encouraging America to stay in never ending unwinnable wars. Its almost a guarantee that Afghanistan will not be any different than it was 30 years ago as soon as troops leave. Putin and the Chinese controlled media are trying to goad Trump into staying in Syria.
 

THE FEZ MAN

as a matter of fact i dont have 5$
I blame the spineless sand people that want free shit
 

MurphCO

Enough of this palaver
Donator
Duh

It’s been past time to let Israel rain kosher fire down on any other country in the region, mainly, Iran as they damn well see fit

Next up:

Trump leaves expensive military arms and equipment in Syria for KSA to use in proxy war with (take your pick)

Outrage and REEEEEE ensues
 
If we stay in the middle East, how are we supposed to know when we've won? How do you measure victory? Afghanistan don't give a fuck, they're first loyalty is to their tribe, not their country. They all have hatreds that go back 2000 years,we can't fix it, we can just send people to die.
 

Creasy Bear

gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh
Donator
This is fucking amazing.

MSNBC fucked up bigly, and they let a guy on that dropped truth bombs so powerful that the shockwaves slapped the leftist drones mute.


Nearly a year later, and the guy was, and is, 100% dead on the bullseye.
 

Creasy Bear

gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh
Donator
#1 You embarrass yourself by the fact that you think I'm a, "libtard."

#2 You embarrass your family by thinking using a term like "libtard" makes you sound intelligent or clever. You must be the type that is blown away by the "genius" of the phrase, "lamestream media."

#3 Lighten up Francis. You are worse than the most severe Obamabot. When anything that can be possibly construed as a knock on anything right-wing, you have a ragfest and act like somebody called your mother a whore.
Remember back when Sandusky's #1 Fan didn't have the entire board on ignore?

I member.
 

domelogic

Registered User
This is fucking amazing.

MSNBC fucked up bigly, and they let a guy on that dropped truth bombs so powerful that the shockwaves slapped the leftist drones mute.


Nearly a year later, and the guy was, and is, 100% dead on the bullseye.

That was great. Sachs is pretty darn smart. None of the panel sitting there with him could look at him at one point. Not one person even attempted to interrupt him which they knew would blow up on them. Thanks for posting
 
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