Russia to West – Drop Assad demands if you want to unite against ISIS

Russian bombers over Syria today.

Reuters reports:

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday the West had to drop its demands about the political exit of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad if it wanted a genuinely international coalition against Islamic State militants.

Lavrov, who said there was still no agreement about Assad’s political fate after international talks in Vienna, said he had detected a change in the West’s position since the Paris attacks and the bombing of a Russian passenger plane.

Russia, which views Syria as its closest Middle East ally, has long been at odds with the West over Assad’s future with Moscow saying only the Syrian people should decide if he steps down. The United States and others want Assad to step aside during or at the end of a transition period.

“I hope the change in the position of our Western colleagues, which has unfortunately only come about as the result of terrible acts of terror, will spread to other Western partners. That the stance that the real battle with Islamic State can only be resolved once the fate of Assad is clear, that this position will put to one side,” said Lavrov.

“In my opinion there can now be no doubts that it is simply unacceptable to put forward any preconditions in order to unite in the battle against so-called Islamic State terrorists.”



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What a sham! Who dares to decide for the syrians who can run for leader? The syrians are to have elections and a representative government, but Assad cannot be allowed to take part because he is a bloody bastard. Where’s the problem? If he infact is the bastard we endlessly hear about he won’t be voted for and basta.
Of course US & Co. know that if he runs he will be chosen……..


And of course if he wins he will be accused of fixing the vote, just as Putin was.

And “Old” Nick Cohen will be wheeled out to tell us all how bad and like hitler Assad is and how we simply must bomb, it’s the humane thing to do you see.


Yes the old adage WE HAD TO BOMB THE PLACE to save it comes to mind.Still the moral high ground is now Russia’s Putin Jumped Hollande and in the fog of the Paris bombing, and his speech to the G20 he made his move. Putting more air assets into ,,Syria upping the ante,, plus some other ordinance in the way of fighting vehicles helicopters ect


This is exactly what I keep telling my indoctrinated friends – if he is such a bastard, why then are they afraid to let him run? Then I give them a bit more of data, like from here:

“In May 2013, it was reported that even NATO recognized the Syrian president’s increased popularity. “The data, relayed to NATO over the last month, asserted that 70 percent of Syrians support” the Assad government. At present, the number is now at least 80 percent.

The most telling barometer of Assad’s support base was the Presidential elections in June 2014, which saw 74 percent (11.6 million) of 15.8 million registered Syrian voters vote, with President al-Assad winning 88 percent of the votes. The lengths Syrians outside of Syria went to in order to vote included flooding the Syrian embassy in Beirut for two full days (and walking several kilometres to get there) and flying from countries with closed Syrian embassies to Damascus airport simply to cast their votes. Within Syria, Syrians braved terrorist mortars and rockets designed to keep them from voting; 151 shells were fired on Damascus alone, killing 5 and maiming 33 Syrians.”


What one friend answered to me then was:
Weell – those who hate him are now all here, sleeping in the gymnasiums of our schools (hailing from Germany). But has she asked anybody? Of course not…