Russian Ambassador to Qatar Nurmakhmad Kholov told TASS on Monday that Qatar take’s Moscow’s stance that only the people of Syria can choose the country’s future leader.

“As we have repeatedly told our partners, the issue of Bashar Asad’s presidency in Syria is not in the competence of Russia or Qatar or any other country,” Kholov said in an interview with TASS.

“This issue must be decided by the Syrian people only by means of transparent and legitimate elections,” the Russian ambassador said.

“Our colleagues in Qatar completely share this stance with us and believe that Moscow’s approaches in this regard are very constructive,” Kholov added.

He then went onto explain how Qatar wanted a role in the Syria peace talks being held in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana.

“The authorities of Qatar expressed their interest in joining this format, since the country, as one of the key players in the region, exercises major influence on the situation in Syria,” Kholov said.

He then went onto strangely call militant groups like Jaysh al-Islam and Ahrar al-Sham as moderate opposition, and highlight Qatar’s influence over these militant groups.

“In political sense, Qatar has a certain influence on the moderate opposition in Syria – participants of the conflict,” Kholov said. “For instance, former president of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces Ahmad Moaz Al-Khatib is currently residing in Doha and he is an ideologist for certain groups of the moderate opposition, including Jaysh al-Islam and Ahrar al-Sham,” he said.

“In this regard, we are extensively using political capabilities of the emirate for reaching our common tasks,” Kholov added.

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Stern Daler
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Stern Daler
2017-02-21 12:29

So following his accomplice Erdogan the Qatari Emir is leaving the sinking ship of the “Fiends of Syria” cabal too.

p.s. I wonder who is next.

wakethehellup
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2017-02-21 13:07

Putin/Kholov/Russia knows exactly what they’re saying and doing, you have to squeeze lemon juice on the page and read the hidden text between the lines and in the fine-print. The key here is Putin/Kholov/Russia will using qatar’s influence with the second tier armed opposition/rebels/jihadists/terrorists in bringing about a detente between them and the Syrian government. At the same time, they will foster even greater tensions between said groups and ISIS/al-qaeda and the like. It’s really pretty clear that said groups are looking for a way out from under the ISIS/al-qaeda groups, they just don’t want to look like they’re capitulating… Read more »

Daeshbags Sux
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Daeshbags Sux
2017-02-22 06:47
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Yep, it was easy to see coming to any chessplayer 😉 As I pointed several times last year, Obongo played poker, Putin was giving him a chess lesson and actually, was doing a multiple party at once, as many masters do 😀 Note that I preferred not announce every possibility I was seeing coming : there are multiple possibilities and there are some points where I’d have diverged from Putin as… Let’s be clear, I’d have highly considered to… send a maximum to their 72 virgins, in other terms, made matters look like Hulagu-Khan was a p***y, I mean more… Read more »

Nestor Arapa
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2017-02-21 15:25

Una de las primeras condiciones que Rusia debe poner es, dejar de financiar mercenarios en Siria y que su candidato participe en las elecciones haber si gana.

A. Wilson
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2017-02-21 15:41

“This issue must be decided by the Qatari people only by means of transparent and legitimate elections,” ??? Not sure why Qatar insists on a democratic standard that it doesn’t expect for itself.