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    US, Saudi Arabia, Turkey Uphold Syrian Ceasefire 'Only to Buy Time'

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    Adhering to the ceasefire deal, brokered by Russia and the United States, is merely a "tactical step" meant only to "buy time" for some of the players involved in the deadly Syrian conflict, including the United States, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, international security analyst and political scientist Sait Yılmaz told Sputnik.

    "There is no detailed framework for resolving the Syrian crisis. For this reason maintaining the truce is impossible," he added.

    The ceasefire between Damascus and opposition forces came into effect late on Friday. The deal excludes Daesh, al-Nusra Front and other groups designated as terrorists by the United Nations.

    Sait Yılmaz also mentioned that Syria's peaceful life was shattered by "efforts of several players, including the United States, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey." They, according to the expert, are the ones who sparked the deadly conflict in a once stable nation and who could undermine the nascent peace process.

    In this context, Ankara is of particular concern. On Monday, Lieutenant General Sergei Kuralenko, the commander of the Russian center on reconciliation in Syria, warned that Turkey was amassing forces on its border with the Arab Republic. These activities amount to "a provocation," which could derail the fragile ceasefire, he added.

    Sait Yılmaz chastised Washington for its "Assad must go" stance, saying that the US leadership "should support this strong leader in order to find ways to resolve the crisis." At the same time, the analyst noted that this is not what Washington seems to be aiming at.

    "Syria has never been a priority for the United States. The American strategy has been focused on Iraq, which is on the verge of collapse. … Ultimately, Washington wants to create a Kurdish energy corridor, control the regional balance of power and strengthen its own standing" in the Middle East, he observed.

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    • landauroj
      The USA, Turkey and the Saudis are planning to send ground soldiers into Syria to have a say after ISIS is defeated. The objective is to gain a piece of land and use it to pressurize Assad to quit. At the end it will be a confrontation between Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah and the invaders forces. The coalition expects to have a piece of the cake for negotiation purposes. That negotiation will be the departure of Assad.
    • kasivasantha
      Mr.Putin is a fox.He will outwit them any time any day.
    • cast235
      The deal lasts 2 weeks!! Is not a complete deal is a truce. German Chancellor wants it extended and left that way. Russia shouldn't fall for it. But I would extend it 1 or 2 months IF it proves efficient and the opposition is willing to come to terms with Damascus.
      IF they place pre conditions, it will serve to open corridors for humanitarian aid..
      Terrorists act as told by Washington, E.U , U.K and of course some mid east players.
      I was watching F.X , add the O.... and what they said? That there are violations by Russia and Hezbollah. And France asking to watch them and trying to get them to talk ONLY about Russia and Hezbollah.

      France is a CHARLATAN COUNTRY, and Russia still living into Gorbachev NAIVE dreams , could get Russia into a full destruction. Disintegration. Specially when Europe is DESPERATE.
    • cast235
      Forgot. Even Egypt want the new strategic radio comm of Russia. I ask myself, where are Russian brains? They more inclined to west and NATO than Russia and CSTO. Would they permanently join CSTO? No? Then why in the world would Russia help them develop those things?
      Egypt could join CSTO, and even EEU ... why not? Turkey is been requested to join E.U . And is in NATO. So why not?

      Russia is so slow to grab concepts, that has NOT ask Syria to join CSTO. Or Iran.!! Go ask. Then all countries can build military stuff together. And Russia should ONLY allow some parts. Not to send BIG MOUTHS, that talk ALL.
      Saudi and Turkey know the truth. They BOTH will lose against Russia. You can add way more, and Russia ALONE will demilitarize them and FORCE them to deal.
      But Russia always walks off. It never stay like NATO in Iraq, that IRAQ have to put up with them for decades to come. Like in Japan. Russia MUST learn to open big bases. And get resources. And increase trade. And keep status QUO.. Because E.U, west, NATO are doing so.
    • justnfree
      By the time ceasefire ends, Saudis and Turkey would realize many of fighters had surrendered themselves and only AL-Nusra and ISIL have remained, whom they can't arm by same old excuse of arming moderates.
    • Serve it hot ...
      I would also tend to agree that the 2 weeks cease fire is only a delay for the preparation of an invasion / invasion threat ... !
    • dewatergeusin reply tolandauroj(Show commentHide comment)
      Like they did at the near end of WWII seeing the USSR going fast westwards and indeed was winning WWII.
    • misterno1
      Don't forget to fallow the money, it all leads to Israel. These countries are doing it on behalf of Israel to be precise on behalf of the owners of Israel who would be Rotschilds mainly and the rest of the owners of all western money, same people who own US $, the Euro and the rest of the fiat currencies of the west.
    • Ivan Buckeye
      Hopefully the FSB is utilizing this fake ceasefire. Only the FSB has the experience and know-how to fully assess western schemes and trickery.
    • Ann in reply tolandauroj(Show commentHide comment)
      landauroj, I think they're hoping to get to Assad. If they do that - they've won no matter what else happens.
    • Ann in reply tocast235(Show commentHide comment)
      cast235, "But Russia always walks off." They "walk off" instead of occupying the country like the U.S. does. Remember Russia believes in observing national SOVEREIGNTY...the west intends to destroy national sovereignty.
    • Ann in reply tolandauroj(Show commentHide comment)
      landaurojlandauroj, Terrorists can't illegally occupy sovereign land, then use it to pressure a sovereign, legitimate govt. Russia and the SAA will kick their a$$es back out the door.
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