BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:20 P.M.) – Russia informed the Ankara that any planned safe zone in northern Syria must be approved by Damascus, the Spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

“The question of the presence of a military contingent acting on the authority of a third country on the territory of a sovereign country, and especially Syria, must be decided directly by Damascus,” Zakharova said on Thursday, as quoted by Reuters.

“That’s our base position,” she added.

The Syrian government has already rejected Turkey’s planned safe zone; however, the Turkish regime is adament on eliminating the ‘terror’ threat along their Syrian border.

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Stern Daler
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Stern Daler
2019-02-14 18:06

The Sultan will not be pleased that President Dr. Assad objected.
Clever maneuver.
LOL.

p.s. Russia once again turns out to be the true defender of the UN Charter and principles. My kowtow to Russia and the democratic Czar.

Daeshbags-Sux
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2019-02-14 22:56
Reply to  Stern Daler

On this case, yup, for sure, Russia sides on UN-Charter… I’m not sure the annexation of Crimea or South-Ossetia are very UN-Charter compliant 😉 Let’s say it depends on what the Tsar sees as appropriate for Russia’s interests and… Having some military bases in strategic areas, moreover having GazProm exploiting Syrian EEZ, especially its part of the Levantine gas basin is not so innocent 😉 Note that in his place, I’d have most often acted the same way he did, thus he sometimes managed to surprise me too, which is rare from a politician, and I also may not agree… Read more »

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2019-02-15 02:16
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“Let’s say it depends on what the Tsar sees as appropriate for Russia’s interests” Yeah, I agree, that’s technically the case, like any major imperialistic power in the world when they consider that they can apply the “might is right” motto over international law and don’t give two s**** about legitimacy. Like you when you quote UN resolutions supposedly allowing every of Israel’s crimes it inflicts against the very same UN charter. Talk about a Violation 101 pattern lol. Indeed what Russia does is exactly the kind of poor propaganda job you do in systematic and clumsy, misinformed defense of… Read more »

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Stern Daler
2019-02-15 08:40
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@Gryz, all mostly follow rules when it suits them. 🙁

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Stern Daler
2019-02-15 08:04
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, these areas You mention have the same right to cede by popular vote as bigger entities that have a state now. Wilson’s 14 points – do You remember the old war ruse that some take for truth? With e.g. Crimea it should have been pulled through and the Ukrainian and Crimean Tartar areas should have have the right to cede from Crimea.

West and East Ukraine have different loyalties. You may have heard of the WW II and post war insurgency in parts of the country.

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Dutchnational
2019-02-14 17:43

A turkisb attack on Northern Syria to create a safe zone, neans war. War with SDF, with Syria, likely also with the US and Russia, which neans Turkey will not do this.

Daeshbags-Sux
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2019-02-14 23:29
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Russia withdrew their troops who were embedded with YPG when Turkey entered Afrin, snce Erdogan is buying nuclear plants, signed for the Turkstream pipeline and buys S-400, is also likely to end buying Su-57 and potentially Su-35/34 or MiG-35 as he won’t receive F-35 and considering the relations with the EU, it’s unlikely he may get Rafale, Typhoon or Gripen-E, well, maybe 2nd hand Typhoon ‘block1′ since these would be costlier to upgrade than buying new ones (early Typhoons are c**p as strike aircraft, they’re barely only fit for air superiority, cost of use is also very high.Spain and Austria… Read more »

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2019-02-15 08:30
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, no Afrin’s YPG did not want to submit to the obligations within a Federation. So the Russian withdrawal had nothing to do with Turkish buying power. The Sultan is broke and can buy but not pay. Only Russia will sell him certain technologies. EU art.47(2) is a fact he overlooks, another is economic power. EU’s sanctions can cripple. More, if for example Germany decides to spend 3% of the GdP it can raise about the same military budget as Russia, which spends 3%. While Turkey raises the same military budget as Holland.

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zman
2019-02-15 18:23

Turkey continues it’s games and so do the Russians. Turkey keeps trying to play Russia against the US/NATO whilst trying to steal part of Syria under their phony security fears. Russia lets them talk and plan…all the while they have already made two things clear…Syrian geographical integrity and Syrian permission is needed for implementation of any accord. Erdo keeps trying and the Russians continue with the same mantra…it’s up to Syria. Although some equate this with UN ‘laws’ relating to sovereignty, they are in fact irrelevant. Only those without imperialist goals obey them in the first place. Since Russia and… Read more »