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Russia backs Syrian army because it’s most effective force in fighting ISIS - Ambassador Yakovenko
Our Western colleagues regularly claim Russia pursues in Syria goals other than fighting terrorists. Increasingly, it becomes fashionable in the West to blame Russia for everything, based on rumors, speculation, and fake information.
The same thing here. They prefer to ignore the fact the Syrian army is the most effective force on the ground in fighting ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra, and their likes. And that is precisely the reason why the Russian Air Force is supporting government troops and coordinating joint efforts. It has always been our position of principle from the very start, open and transparent. If Russia were not interested in tackling jihadists, why would President Vladimir Putin have put forward a plan to establish a common front against terrorists in Syria and elsewhere? While our Western partners cling to their own anti-ISIS coalition, the Russian military has been securing local ceasefires throughout Syria and providing humanitarian assistance to the Syrians on a daily basis.
Unfortunately, openness and consistency are lacking on the part of the West. It was reported in the US media that former US Secretary of State John Kerry, talking to some Syrian opposition figures, hadn’t denied the US had been counting on the terrorists to engineer a regime change in Syria. Probably, hoping to domesticate them afterward with the help of their regional allies. It’s enough to listen to Peter Ford, former British Ambassador in Damascus, to understand that there is no moderate secular opposition alternative to the present Syrian government.
"Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
“The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
"If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer