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    'No Future': West Slams Russia’s UNSC Resolution Aiming at Peace

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    While Russia has presented a draft resolution to the United Nations asking all parties to respect Syria’s right to sovereignty, the United States and France have criticized the move as a mere distraction. This is unsurprising given that the US and France are both currently violating Syria’s sovereignty.

    The West has been backing Syrian opposition factions since the 2011 beginning of the civil war. By first supplying arms to rebel groups, and then by launching a bombing campaign, the United States and its allies have acted militarily in Syria without permission from the legitimate government of President Bashar al-Assad.

    It should come as no surprise, then, that both the US and France would roundly dismiss a recent UN resolution drafted by Russia to respect Syria’s sovereignty.

    Presented to the UN Security Council on Friday, the draft calls on all nations to avoid "provocative rhetoric and inflammatory statements" that could escalate foreign intervention in Syrian affairs.

    Russia also stressed that it was open to revising the draft to better accommodate all involved.

    "I told my partners that Russia is ready for consultations on the draft resolution, and we welcome any suggestions in the near future," Vladimir Safronkov, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, told RIA Novosti.

    But Western officials have rejected the resolution outright, dismissing it as a "distraction."

    "Rather than trying to distract the world with the resolution they just laid down, it would be really great if Russia implemented the resolution that’s already agreed to," Samantha Power, US Ambassador to the UN, remarked to reporters.

    France’s UN representative, Francois Delattre, took the opportunity to repeat past criticisms of Russia’s air campaign, deeming it a "dangerous military escalation that could easily get out of control."

    Unlike France, Russia’s airstrikes come at the behest of the Syrian government.

    The West’s immediate rejection of the resolution could be an indication that a ground invasion by Turkish or Saudi Arabian troops could be imminent. The Russian-backed draft states that "attempts or plans for foreign ground intervention" be abandoned, and expresses its "grave alarm at the reports of military buildup and preparatory activities aimed at launching a foreign ground intervention into the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic."

    Both Ankara and Riyadh have pushed for the deployment of their ground forces in Syria. While ostensibly meant to combat Daesh (IS/Islamic State), the move would more likely target the Syrian government, and seek the removal of President Assad.

    Crucial US allies, both Turkey and Saudi Arabia are awaiting Western approval before launching any campaign. While NATO and European leaders have indicated that they would not defend Turkey should its actions provoke war, it remains unclear if Ankara and Riyadh’s militarism will be approved by Washington.


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      michaelin reply tojerstef(Show commentHide comment)
      jerstef, clever! :)
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      michaelin reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
      sixpack6t9, interesting quote by warburg - I wonder though, what is his definition of government as compared to what may eventuate? That could be the significant difference. :)
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      UNSC is NO USED better abolished it
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      michaelin reply tojaodernein garshinvic(Show commentHide comment)
      jaodernein, france I believe 'qualifies' as there was the free french 'government' based in the uk and headed by degaule. Not too sure of other details though.
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      michaelin reply tokarlof1(Show commentHide comment)
      karlof1, thanks, I for one will chase those up! :)
    • Ann in reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, Oh I'm sure what they say will come, but it will be drastically different from what everyone thinks it will be. You see, I believe the NWO has convinced world leaders that capitulation to "WHAT WILL BE" is better than being destroyed like the middle east, and that is why more countries are not standing with Russia. I also predict that IF Russia and China remain standing, even after everything the globalists throw at them, that more leaders will come around. I think everyone is holding their breath, waiting to see if the Russians and Chinese can offer any hope of escaping this NWO that has been billed as "inevitable".
    • Ann in reply tobange(Show commentHide comment)
      bange, agreed.
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      Not much suprise of the decision by France, they want to appease US/DAESH to prevent future Terrorist plots. But that has never worked in the past, in most cases it only buys some time.

      If Germany would have been member of the Sec. Council, it would probably vote the same way as France, just out of fear. I hope Germany never becomes member.
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      aubreydgarrettin reply tocmat.wolfgang(Show commentHide comment)
      cmat.wolfgang, No chance of Germany ever being a serious member of the security Council.
      They lost the war and there has been an army of occupation in Germany since 1945.
    • Mikhas
      Expected response, the war criminals want war but this was just necessary administrative work needed to be done, now it´s showdown and all they can do is watch themselves and their death squads being defeated on the battlefield
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      Where was France’s UN representative hidding back in 1999? Shame on you France.
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      It is clear that the United States/NATO alliance along with the Saudi's have devised a plan to weaken and bog Russia down in Syria by allowing the illegal invasion of Syria by Turkey and Saudi's with logistics and intelligence being supplied by NATO. It is also very clear that the main purpose of the United States/NATO alliances in Syria is not ISIS but regime change. It may be time for Russia to settle all scores with these criminals, including Ukraine and the military build up on the Russian borders.
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      michaelin reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
      sixpack6t9, maybe not just holding their breath but waiting to see who it is more profitable to side with...?
    • Ann in reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, Yeah, since the NWO intends to rule over a planet of serfs, I think common sense will win out over profit. Serfs aren't allowed to have much.
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      Of it hadn't been for the US and its allies, the war in Syria never would have happened. There's no reason why Assad needs to be removed from power. He was democratically elected and has a much higher approval rating in his country than most Western leaders have in theirs. It's obvious that the reason why Syria is being attacked is to get it under the control of the international bankers, just as the case was in Afghanistan and Libya,.
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      michaelin reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
      sixpack6t9, the nwo reminds me of fritz lang's metropolis.
    • Mother Gorillain reply tojerstef(Show commentHide comment)
      jerstef, thanks, the serious point being that war and social backlashes are always linked.
    • Mother Gorillain reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
      sixpack6t9, even though from its concept, the UN should actually be all-powerful.
    • Ann in reply toMother Gorilla(Show commentHide comment)
      Mother Gorilla, Oh, on that we agree! I could envision an international agency where ALL nations are represented, regardless of their position on western "democracy." I would love to see an UN that serves to enforce the rights of ALL nations, not just the west, and that enforcement should have very large teeth, and also be enforced against rogue states like the U.S. I will have no respect for the UN, until they stand up and forcefully address the abuses of the United States, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Israel. When the UN says "enough is enough" and can actually ENFORCE IT with punitive measures.

      Until then, the UN (to me) will be nothing more than 'window dressing'.
    • Mother Gorillain reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
      sixpack6t9, three thumbs up and your word in God's ear!
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