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Syria Approves US Plan To Provide Gas, Electricity For Lebanon

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Syria Approves US Plan To Provide Gas, Electricity For Lebanon

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Syria had approved a plan that will allow Egyptian gas and electricity produced in Jordan to pass through its territory to crisis-struck Lebanon, Secretary-General of the Lebanese-Syrian Supreme Council Nasri Khoury announced on September 4.

Khoury made the announcement during a press conference that followed a meeting between senior Syrian officials and a delegation from Lebanon’s caretaker government. The meeting represented a breakthrough in teh relations between the two countries which deteriorated following the outbreak of the Syrian war in 2011.

Syria Approves US Plan To Provide Gas, Electricity For Lebanon

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The Lebanese delegation was headed by Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Zeina Akar. The delegation included Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni, Energy Minister Raymond Ghajar, General Security agency chief Major General Abbas Ibrahim.

During the meeting, the Syrian side was represented by Foreign Minister Faysal Mikdad, Kinan Yaghi, Minister of Finance, Bassam Tohme, Minister of Oil and Mineral Resources, Fadi El-Khalil, Chairman of the International Planning and Cooperation Committee and Ali Abdel Karim Ali, Syria’s Ambassador to Lebanon.

“We discussed the difficult situation both countries are going through, especially in the field of electricity and gas, and the Lebanese side requested the possibility of Syria’s assistance to Lebanon in passing Egyptian gas and Jordanian electricity through Syrian territory. The Syrian side welcomed the request,” Khoury said. “The two sides agreed to follow up on the detailed technical procedures through a joint team that will discuss issues related to technical matters in both countries.”

The Egyptian gas and Jordanian electricity will be supplied to Lebanon under a US-sponsored aid plan. Washington will be ignoring its own sanctions on Syria, which will reportedly get a share from the gas or passage fees.

In August, Lebanon was hit by an unprecedented fuel crisis with the Central Bank incapable of financing any more fuel shipments.

The plan was announced by US ambassador in Beirut Dorothy C. Shea on August 19 in response to a plan by Hezbollah to import Iranian fuel. Several Iranian tankers are already sailing towards Lebanon. The fuel will likely pass through Syria’s port first in order to avoid sanctions.

Syria, which was badly effected by the economic crisis in Lebanon, is now set to benefit from international efforts to relieve the crisis. All attempts by the US and its allies to isolate Damascus have failed.

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Fog of War

The fake ” conflict ” theater goes on and on.

Capt. Steven Hiller, USMC

How is it fake?

Fog of War

This is just another in a long line of highly suspect arrangements between seeming enemies.

” The Egyptian gas and Jordanian electricity will be supplied to Lebanon under a US-sponsored aid plan. ”

” The plan was announced by US ambassador in Beirut Dorothy C. Shea on August 19 in response to a plan by Hezbollah to import Iranian fuel ”

This move:

– neutralizes Hezbollah and Iran’s plan to make Lebanon energy independent from ZioWestern control.

– Makes Syria dependent on possible income from the transit fees, fees which can be stopped at anytime by the Zio’s lackey Egypt.

– Makes Lebanon energy dependent on Egypt ( the ZioWest ) and once again the energy flow can be shut down anytime Lebanon gets any ideas of independent action.

– Will the gas actually come from Egypt or from another, much closer, ” shitty country ” ?

Icarus Tanović

They say Iranian fuel, you moron. Islamophobic zionistic pig.

Last edited 18 days ago by Icarus Tanović
The Objective

What a spectacular development! This new Russian/American deal deserves a good analysis of what may be going on behind the scenes. I’ll attempt to dissect what’s happening to the Russian-Iranian-Syrian alliance.
Hezbollah and Iran need to improve or at least maintain its image in the eyes of the Lebanese people. Iran and Hezbollah have taken steps to relief Lebanon of its oil troubles by sending tankers of oil to Lebanon in the past weeks. The U.S and Israel both refrained from interfering with Iran’s oil shipment in order to not make America look like an enemy of the Lebanese people. At the same time, Iran looks like the savior of Lebanon by providing much needed gas at a cheap rate. So why would Russia agree to this plan by America to diminish the role of Hezbollah and Iran with regards to oil in Lebanon? Secondly, why would Russia agree to a deal that represents an economic setback for Iran?
Unlike Assad, Russia knows that Iran is the cause of Syria’s problem. Iran’s shipment of weapons to Hezbollah through Syria was and still is the major reason why the Anglozionists targeted Syria for destruction. This war is all about cutting off Hezbollah from Iran and then weakening Hezbollah and possibly eliminate it by all means possible (including by inciting the Lebanese against Hezbollah and possibly starting a civil war).
This new deal to ship oil through Syria will hurt Iran and Hezbollah terribly in Lebanon. It’ll make Iran and Hezbollah insignificant regarding oil (Oil is the only remaining aspect of Lebanon that Iran and Hezbollah can help with, and thus, shore up their public image). This means that Russia is willing to throw Iran and Hezbollah under the bus to maintain Assad’s rule in Syria.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ASSAD?
Well, it’s highly unlikely to lead to a recognition of the Assad regime by the West. This is because of the Kurdish question and the Iran-Hezbollah corridor. However, Assad will reap some moderate financial benefits and maybe an easing of some sanctions.
America wants to divide Syria and use the Kurds against Turkey, Iran, and Assad’s part of Syria. The problem for America is that both Russia and Turkey will not allow a Kurdistan in Syria. If America is going to recognize Assad’s rule, then America must give up its Kurdistan project. This will neutralize the Kurdish threat for Turkey, Syria, and Iran. Recognizing the Assad government is highly likely to leave the Iran-Iraq-Syria-Lebanon link open, thus defeating all America’s designs in that part of the Middle East. America simply cannot sacrifice its Syrian ambitions in exchange for transporting gas to Lebanon via Syria – EXCEPT IF RUSSIA CAN GUARANTEE THAT THE IRAN-HEZBOLLAH CORRIDOR WILL BE CUT.

The problem for Russia is that Iran has infested Syria with militias. Attempting to dislodge these militias from Syria will lead to another major war against Assad. Russia cannot afford such a scenario. Making a deal with Iran to withdraw its militias is also impossible as that would mean sacrificing Hezbollah. The mission of these Iran-backed Syrian militias is first to secure and keep the Iran-Hezbollah link open. Their second mission is to help Assad stay in power.

WHAT DOES THIS ASSAD-PUTIN-BIDEN DEAL MEAN FOR TURKEY?

First, an easing of pressure on Assad is bad news for Idlib and Turkey. It will embolden Russia to be more aggressive towards Idlib while symultaneously giving Assad access to more resources. If the deal leads to a recognition of the Assad regime (highly unlikely due to reasons mentioned above), then Turkey will have to withdraw from Syria (provided the Kurds agree to disarm and be ruled by Assad). If America agrees to a deal with Russia that disarms the Kurds, Turkey will have to negotiate handing over Idlib back to Assad. Considering that the U.S cannot abandon its Syria ambitions, it’ll be childish to think that this deal paves way for the recognition of Assad by America.
What Turkey can do is wait and see what Biden and Putin do with the Kurds.

WHAT DOES THIS DEAL MEAN FOR RUSSIA?
First, it’ll cause frictions between Russia and Iran. This will affect Russia’s ambitions in Syria because Assad may have hostile Iran-backed forces in his own part of Syria. Iran has provided cheap foot-soldiers for Russia’s mission in Syria. Iran can withdraw this support any moment or even turn it against Assad and Russia. If this happens, Putin may find himself in a difficult position where Russia will be forced to deploy more ground troops from the Russian armed forces – thus, increasing the cost in blood and treasure for Russia. Will the Russian public tolerate more body bags coming home from Syria? Very unlikely.

WHAT BOTH RUSSIA AND AMERICA CAN DO TO ACHIEVE ALL OR PART OF THEIR GOALS

Russia can turn a blind eye to American and Israeli strike military attack throughout Syria to root out Iran’s militias. On the other hand, America must persuade the Kurds to disarm and be governed by Assad – maybe similar to the position of the Kurds in Iraq. Any U.S/Russian agreement that does not disarm the Kurds will see Turkey launcing military attacks against armed Kurdish groups in Syria. This will happen as soon as the U.S withdraws from Syria. It will also pit Turkey against Russia and the Kremlin will attempt to control all of Syria’s airspace. I think it would lead to a shootout between Turkish and Russian forces. America would love that.
A war with Turkey is certainly not in Putin’s agenda as it will ruin all Russian gains in Syria and pose unacceptable risks to the lives of Russian servicemen in Syria. Putin can easily solve this problem by making sure that the Kurds are completely disarmed. If America abandons the Kurds like it did the Afghan government, then this would be a very realistic goal for Russia (to easily disarm the Kurds, thereby preventing any clashes with Turkey).

This could be Putin’s game: sacrificing Iran’s militias and influence in both Syria and Lebanon just to restore Assad’s rule of Syria. It’s a very realistic goal for Putin. The biggest loser will be Iran, as it’s Syrian and Lebanon arm will be cut off. The next biggest loser will be Turkey as it will be forced to give Idlib back to Assad. I do not think Turkey will fight over Idlib after such a deal. Russia is highly unlikely to win any shooting war with Turkey in Syria. The last war Russia fought against Turkey ended in a Turkish victory. Read up on the battle of Gallipoli. It was fought between Turkey on the one hand and Russia, Britain, and France on the other hand. This was during world war 1 when Ottoman Turkey was at its weakest point. Russia, Britain, and France tried to take control of the Bosporus straits and other Turkish straits alongside Constantinople. Russia hasn’t forgotten that defeat. And Putin won’t take the risk of facing a modern Turkish military in Syria, especially if Russia is to do it alone (without Iran’s help). most of the Russian forces in Syria will be destroyed in the first few days of conflict even if Turkey were to use drones alone. The Bosporus will also be closed and Russian forces in the Mediterranean will be overwhelmed by Turkey’s navy (which actually dominates the Mediterranean). Such a war will weaken both Russia and Turkey and effectively end Russian’s presence in the Middle East. So, while SouthFront and TheSaker and MoonofAlabama will sing everyday about how mighty the Russian military is, they know that Russia cannot defeat the Turkish military in any conventional war, be it in Syria, the Mediterranean or black see.

Last edited 18 days ago by The Objective
Icarus Tanović

Where this is paste from, be honest? Take a look at the other side of the medal, see what Al Mayadeen says about this. Win win for Syria.

The Objective

Good

Lance Ripplinger

I hope this is a good sign of things to come. Hopefully this will help Syria, since they are in desperate need of gas and electricity also.

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