Russia is concerned about the plans of the West to use chemical weapons as a pretext for invading Syria. Earlier Barack Obama said that that the deployment or the use of the chemical weapons in Syria would become a reason for him to act differently. Later Washington was surprised to hear that media people made a sensation out of this statement because the USA had made numerous statements of this kind before too.
Russia believes that the West is inciting the Syrian opposition to armed struggle and that this will not be helpful in settling the conflict. Moscow and Washington are holding talks on chemical weapons with the two sides involved in the Syrian conflict. Besides, Russia stays in contact with official Damascus, discussing with it the security and preservation of the Syrian arsenals with official Damascus
For its part, Washington has given a strict order to the rebels to approach neither to chemical weapons depots nor to the plants producing it. Parallel with this, the USA is instructing the Syrian media to work, bypassing their government, and students - to protest and to support the opposition by all possible means. Washington is doing nothing to promote the dialogue between the opposition and the government, despite the fact that this is one of the main clauses of the Geneva treaty and of the plan of the former special envoy for Syria Kofi Annan. Parallel with this the Western countries as well as representatives of the countries of the Persian Gulf area openly told media people that they would unite their efforts to corrupt high-ranking Syrian officials, which means that they are clubbing together to pay the so-called fees to Syrian officials who are siding with the opposition.
Moscow is seriously concerned about the conduct of Washington that is prepared for military action, bypassing the UN Security Council. The Western countries’ invasion of Syria will add to the destabilization of the situation in the Middle East at large and will put pressure on Iran, a Russian political analyst, Boris Mezhuyev, says.
"In this situation Assad’s regime remains absolutely unprotected. Obama’s statements actually mean that Assad should be ready to get away. It may happen that at any moment in the future his regime may find itself in danger –meaning America’s invasion of Syria. The prevention of a chemical war in the Middle East or other bad things that may occur there will serve as a ground for the USA. Of course, this is another step towards destabilizing the situation in the Middle East and putting more pressure on Iran which, from the point of view of both the West and conservative Arab monarchies became more strengthened after the collapse of the Saddam Hussein regime."
Obama’s statements on acting differently, depending on the deployment or the use of chemical weapons are also a pre-election move. Thus, the elimination of a “bad fellow”, like bin Laden, would do good to Barack Obama, who is a presidential candidate, a political analyst, Dmitry Drobnitsky, says. However, neither he nor his rival Romney will benefit from active preparations for the war, which will undoubtedly cause damage to both of them: they may lose their voters in America as a result.
The Syrian government forces that have completed their military operation in Aleppo today say that they have eliminated 700 rebels in the region, stressing that there are no casualties among the peaceful civilians there. Altogether, 18,000 people have been killed in the one and a half year long conflict in Syria. And in case of an outside interference, their number may grow in a geometric progression.