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U.S., Russia Still At Odds Over Syria

July 9, 2012 by  

U.S., Russia Still At Odds Over Syria
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to the media during a "Friends of Syria" press conference at the U.S. Embassy in Paris.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wants United Nations member nations to put pressure on Russia and China to stop supporting Syrian leader Bashar Assad as a rebel uprising continues in his country.

Speaking to the leaders of about 60 Western and Arab countries collectively known as the “Friends of Syria” in Paris last Friday, Clinton criticized the two nations for using their veto power on the U.N. Security Council to block condemnations of Assad.

“I ask you to reach out to Russia and China and to not only urge, but demand that they get off the sidelines and begin to support the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people,” Clinton said. “It is frankly not enough just to come to the Friends of the Syrian People, because I will tell you very frankly, I don’t think Russia and China believe they are paying any price at all — nothing at all — for standing up on behalf of the Assad regime.

“The only way that will change is if every nation represented here directly and urgently makes it clear that Russia and China will pay a price, because they are holding up progress — blockading it — that is no longer tolerable.”

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said he did not agree with Clinton’s statement.

“We categorically reject that such a question would even be posed regarding the current situation in Syria and Russia’s ‘backing’ of President Bashar Assad. This is not a question of supporting certain political figures or leaders. This is a question of managing a crisis situation in the country within a normal political framework,” Ryabkov said, according to RT.

The United States has spent more than $57 million to support humanitarian organizations in Syria, and there has been talk of U.S. intelligence operatives arming rebels in the country. Meanwhile, Russia has been accused by the United States of sending weapons and ammunition to the Assad regime.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • revnowwhilewecan

    A very interesting story on RT a couple of days ago about the Syrian conflict and how it looks very similar to the Serb conflict in Kosovo.

    • revnowwhilewecan
      • Vigilant

        The Director of the American Council for Kosovo has nailed it!

        As he stated, the media never explored the ethnic cleansing being accomplished by the Kosovars against Christians. It was for this reason that Greece would not allow US military passage through their lands. And rightly so.

        Moreover, the Serbs were protecting their appointed officials in cities and towns of Kosovo, who were being regularly targeted for assassination by the ethnic Albanian Kosovars.

        Kosovo was widely known for its financial and weapons-smuggling support of terrorism, which apparently carried no weight with Clinton, and it was suspected that his actions were merely “tail wagging the dog” media diversion awau from his Lewinsky problems.

        Clinton dragged NATO into the fray in a clear violation of Article 5 of the NATO Charter (the right to individual and collective self defense), as no NATO member had been attacked. Even genocide, which it was not, was no pretext under international law to invade a sovereign country like we did.

        Once Article 5 was violated, NATO has had no qualms, at the behest of the US, to stick its nose into the affairs of another sovereign nation, such as Libya. Neither the US nor its NATO surrogate have ANY business getting involved in Syria.

      • Rennie

        No one has looked to close at what the “arab spring” has done for the Coptic Chirstians in Egypt either, it seems to have begun with the church bombing during Christmas mass, I wonder if Obama and Jarret wished they could have been their to join the jubilant muslims as they danced in the body parts of their victims?

      • Jimmy The Greek

        This time i have to side with Vigilant ! And that scars the crap out of me LOL

      • Vigilant

        Jimmy, I was working for NATO at the time and what they did disgusted me. A good friend of mine, a Greek colleague, opened my eyes to the Greek view of the status of affairs, and I was glad he did so. There was even a chance that the (Muslim) Macedonians would widen the conflict.

        We don’t have to disagree on everything, Jimmy (:-)

    • Jimmy The Greek

      And we all know , America was not on the right side on that one ! A Serb i know said to me that the Serbs have only two real friends , God and the Greeks .

      • Vigilant

        It’s a shame we lost them as friends. During WWII, the Serbs were allies and the Muslim Croats were allied with the Germans.

  • Ted Crawford

    Hillarys ‘tough gal’ stance playes false, next to Obamas ‘wink-and nod’ session with Medvedev!

    • Chuck

      Problem is her and Obama have never played enough poker, can’t convince the rest of the world they are serious or skilled at this and it shows!

  • Rennie

    In light of the Libyan elections rejecting muslim extremism, it would suggest that country doesn’t agree with Obama’s arab spring agenda. Also DEBKAfile reports Assad and his family are being held captive at his palace by the republican guard and have survived two poisoning attempts so far, confirming my belief Syria has always been Iran’s sock puppet and this whole thing is staged for a miracle dip;lomatic break through before the election, that “cuban missile crisis” Joe Biden hinted at several years ago.The wild card is Hilary Clinton who seems to have her own ambitions, dat crazy bitch gonna start a war with Putin?

  • pete

    The sooner Hilary shuts her mouth, the better off the world will be. Another trouble maker of note and headed for the Whitehouse as well, if her plans are on track and the voters are still that stupid in 2016. When will we ever learn? Not soon enough apparently. There are better ways to hold her mouth in check than simply putting her foot in it all the time.

    • Larry K.

      you darn right she needs to keep her big mouth shut and she need’s to mind her own business, if she’d stay in obummer’s bed she would’nt have time to stick her nose in everyone’s business. she’s just another jane fonda.

      • Jimmy The Greek

        So you think she is playing with the black snake ?

  • Steve E

    So in Syria there is a war between Bad Guy vs Bad Guy. The U.S. is picking one Bad Guy over the other while the Truth is the real casualty. Just like the Arab Spring. I don’t understand the logic, but now I understand what is going on.

  • Jimmy The Greek

    The United States needs to keep it’s nose out of this !

    • Nancy in Nebraska

      The United States should keep it’s nose out of everything that doesn’t directly affect the United States. It’s why the world hates us. We have enough unsolved problems of our own that we should be taking care of. We need to stop trying to choose other countries rulers. Let them choose their own.

  • Raymond Carl Hardie

    Whatever the message Ms.Clinton gives it will always be ludicrous when examined in a truthful and unbiased frame of mind. Syria and Iran have both opted out of using petrol-dollars for their oil and that is the real reason the US Government and Britain want to make a change of their government for one that may better serve the monetary stability of financial elitist’s who are willing to wage war to keep oil in a financial system of their choosing and manipulative design. If true democracy were the reason, which the administration says it is, why does the US and UK have operatives doing arms running and clandestine operations inside Syria training, supporting and instigating revolt. Under our (US) Patriot Act such persons here in the US would be arrested or even killed as terrorist’s. If the issue is about human rights, then why are we beating the war drum over a government defending itself from what our own government has passed laws to do in a similar situation, and furthermore, the UN human rights commission has documented atrocities in the Sudan over thirty years totalling in the millions and our government turns a deaf ear to any real debate over Africa. Why? They have no oil, and nothing the financial leaders want at this time! Russia and China, and their allies are finally at the place of decision where they will no longer let the US and UK push their way upon them, and they know through their own intelligence organizations that the US government is actively involved in arming and inciting the people of Syria in order to gain hegemony both politically, and geographically in the oil rich middle east. That is why China has given the order to their military commanders to prepare for war, and Russia has done the same thereby being able to make a response if necessary to counter any move by the US. The main stream media here has made light of their military advancements and capabilities, but truth is their Navy and Air-Forces are very capable and modern. The drive for economic stability here in the west, has caused our leaders to lose all sense of wisdom and knowledge in matters of national, and international survival.

  • skippy

    Would someone just send her home, please??!!

  • duane

    It seems that this has the makings of another Afghanistan. Remember Charlies’ War? We stupidly armed the Taliban in their fight against the Soviet Union and look where that got us?? We had to go to war with these bastards and the results are still being tallied. We have no business arming a group of crazy Muslims that will in turn bite us like the Taliban have done. I totally agree with all who have said that we should but out.


    The russkies, no matter what they say are still core commies, they like europe will never get of the government teat, it is inbred and a free market and capitalism confound, confuse and anger them because they cannot mix it with their communism, it is oil and water.
    The Dolt in the Volt that is the Fraud in the WH and his inept group of cronies are just stymied by the brash disregard these russkies have for their weak kneed kind, russkies just like the terrorist and their strong horse, pucky thinking, have the tribal kabal kickass mentality prevalent, competing with even a little bit of capitalism just mucks up their day but cap’n whizbang our dear leader who is not a leader at all, he owes everyone and is going to spend every buck he can grab to pay his debts. What he owes the russkies is probably hidden campaign contributions and so he will give, sell or barter away pieces of America to save his sorry butt…..

  • my 2¢ worth

    All bickering aside.. As long as there are politicians.. As long as we continue to allow representatives (with their own agenda) speak for us (behind our back) there will ALWAYS be warfare.. No one can get along with others no matter the reason.. Stay home, take care of your own and point your weapons toward any one who dares to try and take it from you. Have a reasonable trade policy, don’t become a separatist but let them rule their Country as they see fit and if it’s wrong, it will be wrong in the eyes of their citizens and they will do the protesting.


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