Moscow alarmed statements about the U.S. “plan B” to resolve the situation in Syria in the event of failure of the truce in that country. This was stated by Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia, special representative of the Russian President for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov.
“The concern of the US about the existence of a “plan B”. To us nothing is known about him, we have no alternative plans of speech are not”, – he stressed at the conference the discussion club “Valdai” under the name “the middle East: from violence to safety.” “We are convinced that now we have to concentrate all efforts on the implementation of the agreements reached in the ceasefire” – quoted by TASS.
Also, according to Bogdanov, “deep concern” Moscow is calling “an attempt to realize the idea of creating a buffer zone on the Syrian-Turkish border, and knocking together some blocks for a land operation”, reports “Interfax”. These steps are “fraught with further aggravation of the Syrian crisis,” the diplomat said.
– “Another military campaign in Libya could put an end to its statehood”
“Russia is doing all it can to Damascus and legitimate government of Syria, – said Bogdanov. – We expect that the United States will do the same thing with its allies-groups that it supports. Agreed with the American party joint action can radically expand the crisis in Syria.”
A day earlier, U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry commented on the content of the American “plan B”, proposed in case of failure of agreement of a truce in Syria reached by Moscow and Washington on 22 February. Speaking before the Senate, Kerry said that the implementation of alternative scenario, if he’s going to be the creation of a “safe zone” in Northern Syria, according to the Pentagon, will require from 15 to 30 thousand troops.
Earlier, Kerry said that the United States can apply a “plan B” if in the coming months in Syria will not be working formed the transitional government.
The President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, commenting on statements from the U.S. about plan “B” on the Syrian settlement, said that at present
Russia concentrates on the implementation of the plan “And” published by Moscow and Washington on 22 February.
On February 22, Russia and the United States agreed that a ceasefire in Syria will come into force on 27 February at 00:00 (Damascus time, 01:00 Moscow time). The truce will apply to all parties to the conflict in Syria, with the exception of prohibited in Russia groups “Islamic state” (ISIS, ISIL, DAYS) and “dzhebhat EN-Nusra” and other terrorist organizations recognized by the UN security Council.
“Another military campaign in Libya could put an end to its statehood”
Bogdanov also said that Moscow is concerned by the situation in Libya, where the U.S. air force last week inflicted airstrikes, while France allegedly conducting a secret military operation against the militants in cooperation with the forces of the US and the UK.
“Another military campaign in Libya could put an end to the Libyan state and eventually turn the country into a regional base for international terrorism,” said Deputy foreign Minister of the Russian Federation. According to him, “Russia is ready to closely coordinate with partners further steps on Libya”.
On 24 February the French newspaper Le Monde reported that French President Francois Hollande has approved “unofficial military action” in Libya, pursued by elite armed forces and secret service of the Main Directorate of external security of the Ministry of defense of France. Le Monde calls this operation a “secret war on France in Libya” and describes as a ground operation with the application of targeted strikes on ISIS leaders.
February 19, U.S. aircraft launched air strike against the camp of militants near the city of Sabratha in Libya. As a result of strike killed dozens of militants, including one of the leaders of the IG Noureddine Shushan. According to Le Monde, the operation was carried out at the request of Paris.
Earlier in Libya by the photos in social networks has calculated the special forces soldiers of the U.S. army, which landed in the North of Libya at the airbase of al-Vathia and managed to be photographed with the local military. It was reportedthat the US and Britain are negotiating about the possibility of placing on the territory of Libya 1000 British troops.