Syria will partake in the Geneva meetings which are going to take place under the patronage of the UN in order to find a peaceful solution to the conflict. It was announced by the foreign minister Walid Moualem, during his speech in front of the General Assembly at the glass palace. This sign of willingness to cooperate feeds hope after the beginning of the Russian raids against ISIS. Moscow’s move has augmented tensions in its relationship with the United States. During the last hours the Pentagon has been considering whether it should employ its military forces to protect anti-Assad rebels trained by US in case Russian air forces attack them.
The Syrian problem will be addressed in Paris during a summit between Hollande , Merkel, and Putin convened to verify the Minsk agreements on crisis in Ukraine. The chairman of the foreign affairs commission of the Russian Duma reveals that raids will last for three-four months. And Tehran does not exclude the possibility that Baghdad could follow Damascus’ example and ask for the intervention of Russian aviation against ISIS and other terrorist groups.
France, Germany, Great Britain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey, together with the United States, are calling on Moscow to focus bombing in Syria on ISIS alone. A joint declaration announced by the ministry of foreign affairs in Ankara, expresses concern about the fact that Russian military intervention may “end up giving force to extremism and radicalization”. Turkey and its allies fear that air operations could strengthen Bashar al Assad’s regime. Moscow does not trust the appeal. “No one is discussing the declaration. In general, I am suspicious about how and what for this message was launched – commented on TV “24” Vladimir Cizhov, the permanent representative of Vladimir Putin’s government at the European Union -. Its shape is strange as well”.