In their 70th telephone conversation of the year Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov warns Kerry against arming Jihadis in Syria and, in the aftermath of the vote on Resolution 2334, of using the UN Security Council to embarrass and undermine Donald Trump.
The Battle of Aleppo is a Stalingrad moment in the war against Islamic terrorism. Syria and her allies have shown that wars against Islamic terrorism can be won, that NATO and the Saudis do not always get their way and that the world can be made safer when genuine partners cooperate against the forces of evil.
US Secretary of State Kerry’s latest offer for all Jihadis to leave Aleppo appears to be an attempt to get the Russians to agree to a ceasefire in order to preserve the Al-Qaeda controlled pocket in eastern Aleppo until after Obama leaves the Presidency in January. However Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov called Kerry’s bluff by demanding that the US come up with concrete proposals and a definite timetable for the Jihadis’ withdrawal.
Press conferences by John Kerry and Boris Johnson following Western foreign ministers’ meeting in London confirms military options to save Jihadi fighters have been abandoned and that the Western powers have accepted that the Syrian government with Russian support will recapture eastern Aleppo.
Using measured but uncompromising language Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reaffirmed to the UN General Assembly the main directions of Russia’s foreign policy: alliance with China, Eurasian integration, the defence of international law and opposition to regime change. Lavrov also set out Russian positions in respect of the crises in Syria and Ukraine.