Putin ducks Turkish breach of Syrian sovereignty

by  Gordon Duff, VT Sr. Editor,  … and Press TV, Tehran

[ Editor’s Note: Putin and Erdogan do their dirty dance in Moscow, trumpeting their cooperation on Syria, despite Erdogan already having violated the Tripartite’s published pledge to respect Syria’s sovereign integrity. Both Iran and Russia have ducked this big elephant in the living room, so there is no pressure to get Erdogan to stop doing it.

We have mixed signals, with the US and Russians quickly moving in to act as a backup buffer against Turkey moving into the Manbij Kurdish area. But that has not stopped Turkish artillery from firing on the Syrian front line positions, although some of that might have been the result of the Syrians taking out an APC with an anti-armor missile the day before.

The announcement of Turkey’s plans to build a new 80,000-person city next to al-Bab was a mind-bender. This could be a first in history — building a city inside someone else’s country. Erdogan seems to think that, because the city would be for returning Syrian refugees, he does not need Damascus’ permission. You just can’t make this stuff up Jim W. Dean ]


The dance begins

– First published on March 10, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he and his Turkish counterpart have held talks over the need for unity to fight global terrorism. Putin was speaking at a joint news conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Moscow.

The Russian President also expressed cautious optimism about peace in Syria. He described the situation in Syria as complicated but noted that the ceasefire in the country can be protected with coordination among Russia, Iran and Turkey.

For his part, Erdogan said Ankara is fully cooperating with Russia’s military in Syria. Russia, Iran and Turkey co-sponsored two rounds of talks this year between Assad’s government and its foes. A third round is set for next week.


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4 Responses to "Putin ducks Turkish breach of Syrian sovereignty"

  1. Leno  March 12, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Turkish Minister of Family Affairs Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya told she has to return to Germany. Earlier, a decision was made by Dutch authorities to revoke landing permission for the Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu in order to prevent him from addressing a political rally in the Netherlands. Çavuşoğlu was to speak at a rally in support of a referendum on the Turkish constitution to be held in April which would grant the president Erdogan more power. In response, Turkey sent the Turkish Minister of Family Affairs from Germany by car to the Netherlands. Dutch police evicted the minister.

  2. Jaffer Jamil  March 11, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Consider this Jim: Turkey is being used by Syria as a tool to rein-in Kurdish separatism and water down any enhancement of their autonomy. The message to Syrian Kurds is clear, they are safe as long as they do not plan to break away, or obtain greater autonomy. Otherwise, the gloves come off and they will have to deal with the Turkish Army.

    This is not a new tactic. The British, following WWI, held the Khilafat Movement in India as a sword of Damocles over Mustafa Kemal in order to negotiate terms. The son-in-law of the deposed Caliph/Ottoman Sultan was none other than the Nizam of Hyderabad, a Paramount Power in British India.

  3. Leno  March 11, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Syrian President said that China can take part in reconstruction work in every sector of Syria’s economy when the country starts a comprehensive rebuilding program after its six-year conflict ends.
    “So, in which sector? In every sector. I mean, China can be in every sector with no exception, because we have damage in every sector,” Assad said in an interview with Chinese Phoenix Television, published by the SANA news agency.

    • Peter Johnson  March 11, 2017 at 11:03 am

      China should be building infrastructure in every sector all over Asia. No-one in history, ever, anywhere, has built infrastructure more rapidly than China. This is a Eurasian resource that must be taken full advantage of. Besides everything else, it means there will be a continent-wide standard and everything — railways, electric systems, airports, will be compatible and interchangeable.

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