The US administration has begun to consider new possible options for action against Syria in connection with the violation of the ceasefire, said U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry at a meeting with representatives of the Syrian opposition behind closed doors. In particular, he to the dismay of the opposition said about the possibility of the involvement of Bashar al-Assad in the upcoming presidential election. About this newspaper New York Times , citing audio recordings from the meeting.

The meeting was held 22 September in the framework of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly in new York at the permanent mission of the Netherlands at the headquarters of the United Nations. The recording was made not by the Syrians, confirmed by several participants of the meeting, which lasted about 40 minutes. Did not dispute its contents and the head of the press service of the state Department of the USA John Kirby.

Kerry, according to the NYT, repeatedly lamented the fact that his diplomatic efforts on the Syrian track was not backed by the us administration use of force on a limited scale, as has been expressed by himself. The U.S. Congress, reflecting the mood of the voters does not support a potential enhanced role for Washington in Syria. “Many Americans do not believe that we should fight and send young Americans to die in a foreign country”, – said Kerry. Is he one of those present Syrians said that “no one asks about the invasion.”

While Kerry noted that if Washington has “no reason” for the use of military force against the ruling in the Damascus regime, “Russia invited” – that is, applies to the armed forces at the request of the government in Damascus. Before a year has passed since the beginning of military operations HQs in Syria.

Also, the Secretary did not rule out the participation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the next presidential election. The NYT writes that this assumption is “stunned” the Syrian opposition, and they did not support such a scenario. Kerry also said that future elections can be held to the strictest of standards.”

New options

The head of foreign policy Department of the USA expressed the view that “indifference (President Bashar) Assad to everything” could push the U.S. government to develop another course in Syria, Kerry was quoted by TASS. Kerry already – September 22 – talking with the opposition about the failure of the Russian-American peace initiative. About the content of interagency discussions within the U.S. in the publication NYT doesn’t say.

However, the Secretary of state confirmed that the US does not intend to expand military assistance to the armed opposition of Syria and those more directly involved in the fighting, fearing negative consequences.

The problem with this kind of scenario is that “then it raise rates,” said Kerry. If the United States have intensified military action, “Russia will invest more, Iran will invest more (Shiite movement) Hezbollah (the terrorist group) “dzhebhat an-Nusra” (banned in Russia); Saudi Arabia and Turkey will pour all the money their proxies, and will destroy you all” – said Kerry opposition.

According to Reuters, the U.S. government, there are discussions regarding the supply of the Syrian opposition with more modern weapons, provide logistical support, training its militants (either directly or through Arab Gulf countries or Turkey). At the same time, not talking about the possibility of transferring the Syrian opposition of portable antiaircraft-rocket complexes.



United States are exploring new options in Syria in connection with the violation of the truce, said Kerry 01.10.2016

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