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Kerry in Moscow: US accepts Russian demands on future of Syria


A demonstration in Damascus in support of the Russian military intervention in Syria.

AP reports:

MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday accepted Russia’s long-standing demand that President Bashar Assad’s future be determined by his own people […]

The United States and our partners are not seeking so-called regime change,” Kerry told reporters in the Russian capital after meeting President Vladimir Putin. […]

Kerry’s declarations crystallized the evolution in U.S. policy on Assad over the last several months, as the Islamic State group’s growing influence in the Middle East has taken priority.

President Barack Obama first called on Assad to leave power in the summer of 2011, with “Assad must go,” being a consistent rallying cry. Later, American officials allowed that he wouldn’t have to resign on “Day One” of a transition. Now, Assad’s stay could be indefinite.

Russia, by contrast, has remained consistent in its view that no foreign government could demand Assad’s departure and that Syrians would have to negotiate matters of leadership among themselves. […]


  1. Davide says

    John Kerry Christmas shopping in Russia, the country the United States is trying to cripple economically – love it! Was the exchange rate just too tempting?

  2. Yonatan says

    “NATO will not move east closer to Russia’s borders”

    “U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday accepted Russia’s long-standing demand that President Bashar Assad’s future be determined by his own people”

    Look at what the US does, not what it says.

  3. Helen Highwater says

    I have just received notification on the Guardian website, that I am being “pre moderated”, which appears on reading the fine print,as a precautionary threat, that I have to watch my p’s and q’s or else I’ll be thrown off. My posts have always been factual, never ad hominem, and could not be characterised as abusive or insulting. I’m actually quite careful about that. However, I do call out Shaun Walker when I find an inaccuracy or deliberate bias.
    Any one know whether Shaun has a hand in kicking people who refute him off, or are the Guardian writers in general a protected species?

    • Brad Benson says

      I spent much time in pre-moderation, before they threw me off completely. Nearly all of my comments for which I was pre-moderated and then ultimately thrown off were in regard to this pseudo-journalist. You can take it to the bank that he is behind the pre-moderation. He’s a punk.

      • Helen Highwater says

        thanks, Brad Benson. I think I’ll just go on til I get kicked off then use a different email address and username.I notice outspoken people disappear, and assume they are still commenting under a different name

        • O Lucky Man! says

          Everytime I see something written by Saun I can’t help but think of his resemblance to Peter O’Hanra-Hanrahan from the Day-Today. Not only physically but in his inimitanle style of news reporting as well…

    • Mihangel apYrs says

      there are certain “protected” subjects and certainly protected columnists.

      I was eventually banned for questioning the radfems too closely. Ihave given up the paper after more than 40 years having watched it become more and more subjective and authoritarian

    • Seamus Padraig says

      Welcome to the club, Helen! We’re glad to have you aboard…

      • Helen Highwater says

        thanks Seamus.
        I’m almost flattered that I have managed to ruffle a few Guardian feathers.The best thing about the Guardian is BTL,I have learnt way more from fellow commenters than the actual writers

    • Good advice for anyone on pre-mod:

      Keep copies – both text and a screen cap – of every comment you make.

      If your comments are censored, or if you are subsequently banned, ask politely for an explanation.

      You will likely be told in response that you have violated some number of specific “community standards”. At this point send them your copies of your censored comments and ask them to point out where they violate these “community standards”.

      Their replies – or likely lack of same – can prove enlightening.

      Feel free to send any such correspondence to us.

  4. Not one inch to the East. What day are we? Tuesday. Let the weekend pass. Monday’s headline will read: “Kerry to Moscow: about Russian demands on future of Syria — just kidding!”

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