Further cooperation on the settlement of Syrian crisis between Russia and the United States is going to be revised by the US side in connection with an alleged air strike on UN humanitarian convoy in Aleppo province.
The US is going to revise a further cooperation with Russia on the settlement of Syrian crisis in connection with an alleged air strike on the UN humanitarian convoy in Aleppo province, spokesman for the US Department of State said.
On September 19, a convoy of dozens of vehicles, which were sent to the province of Aleppo by the UN, came under fire in the area of Urum al-Kubra in the north-west of Aleppo. The Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the UN accused the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) of firing the humanitarian convoy. Meanwhile, the Western media blamed the Russian Aerospace Forces for bombing the convy.
At the same time, head of the Operational Command of the Russia’s General Staff, Lieutenant General Sergei Rudskoy, said during a briefing that there were not checkpoints at the area of the Castello Highway, though militants, controlled by the US, should be responsible for this. He also stressed that the West is trying to create a pretext for accusing Damascus and Moscow in disrupting of the humanitarian operation.
As an expert of the Narodnaya Diplomatiya (People’s Diplomacy) fund and a representative of the Budushcheye Segodnya (Future Today) expert-analytical club, Sergey Prostakov noted, the statement of the US Department of State was made after the US Air Force had carried out airstrikes on the Syrian Army’s units, confronting the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Deir ez-Zor, and before the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham has started its offensive in the area of Aleppo.
“In both cases, the government forces, defending the legitimate power that the US is still trying to overthrow, have suffered. For this reason, now, Lavrov’s and Kerry’s agreement on a temporary truce in Syria looks like a tactical ploy, which gave terrorist groups an opportunity to bounce back from the defeat near Aleppo,” Prostakov told the FAN news agency. “Actions of the US diplomatic department were initially focused on deception of the Russian side, and aimed to providing a respite for illegal armed groups. In this case, we cannot speak about any fight against international terrorism by the US, but should speak about a direct support for the terrorism,” the expert noted.
According to Prostakov, another reason of the failed armistice agreement could be internal contradictions in Washington. Then, actions of the US military, which bombed the Syrian Army, could be explained by the fact that the militarist wing of the US elite aspired to thwart the agreement, reached by the diplomats, using any way, even the most defiant one. In this case, any agreements with the US administration, at least during Obama’s presidency, lose any sense because of inability of the US government to control its compliance.
“The war in Syria has become convenient and profitable for many, and the US side is one of the main, if not the most important, reasons for its continuation. A stubborn desire to redraw the borders in the Middle East in interests of the US leads to a continuing spread of violence throughout the region and international terrorism on a global scale,” Prostakov noted. “Once again, the US has shown that it is not a reliable partner, and agreements with Washington are of little value because of the high risk of its non-compliance,” the expert concluded.