Russia is set to initiate a meeting of the UN Security Council today to prevent Turkey’s planned invasion of Syria.
Maria Zakharova, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, is most concerned with:
“Turkey’s announced plans to put boots on the ground in northern Syria,”
“It undercuts efforts to launch a political settlement in the Syrian Arab Republic,”
Russia seeks to do the following at the meeting:
“End any actions that undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria, that are at odds with UN Security Council resolution 2254, as well as [interfere] with the launch of the Syrian peace process.”
Just two weeks ago Russia announced that it had ‘serious grounds’ to believe Turkey was planning a ground invasion, after the Turks refused to let Russia fly surveillance flights near its border with Syria.
Turkey has even proposed somewhat of a land-grab, saying it wants a 10km ‘secure line’ cut across Northern Syria, which also happened to include an arms smuggling corridor that the CIA has been using to supply terrorists throughout Syria.
Incredibly, instead of taking Turkey’s threatening behaviour seriously, Samantha Power of the United States accused Moscow of trying to “distract the world” with its Security Council resolution.
Perhaps what angers the US the most is that Russia is playing this 100% by the book, an alien concept to US foreign policy for at least the past 15 years, as it seeks to guarantee thesovereignty of the Syrian state and properly eradicate its terror problem.
Is Russia’s resolution simply a ‘distraction’, or a genuine attempt to prevent World War 3?