The UK is reportedly preparing to evacuate its intelligence personnel and military instructors backing militants in Syria’s Idlib de-escalation zone.
On November 15, David Quarrey, the UK Prime Minister’s International Affairs Adviser and Deputy National Security Adviser met with Russia’s Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the sides discussed topical developments in the Middle East, including the situation in Syria and the political settment and the humantiarian situation there. Especially interetsing is that the sides discussed the situation on the ground in Syria’s northeast and the Idlib de-elscalation zone was discussed “in details”.
David Quarrey is a British diplomat, who joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1994 and previously directed its Near East and North Africa Department. He also served as a British diplomat in Harare, in Delhi and at the United Nations in New York as well as was the United Kingdom’s Ambassador to Israel from 2015 to 2019. Additionally, Quarrey for two years was a private secretary of Tony Blair when he was the British Prime Minister.
During his entire carrier Quarrey has been promoting a strong pro-Israeli point of view. According to reports, his actions has often been linked to those of the British intelligence services.
The meeting between Bogdanov and Quarrey is a strange development itself because the Russian representative has a much higher position within the government than the British one. This violates the principle of symmetry (equivalence) between the negotiating parties. It becomes even more strange if one tries to clarify what kind of “intersts” the British side may have in the Idlib de-escalation zone.
The only prominent organization linked to the UK in Idlib is the so-called White Helmets, the propaganda offshoot of al-Qaeda and other radicals founded and trained by the UK’s MI6 officer James Le Mesurier. Since the start of the war, the White Helmets have been involved in multiple provocations, including those involving chemical weapons, and served as a powerful propaganda tool to support the agression against Syria. MSM still tries to paint the White Helmets as some kind of “humanitarian organization”. However, the facts about the real goals and actions of this entity cannot be hidden. Accidentally, Le Mesurier recently died in his home in Turkey’s Istanbul after he fell from a balcony. Turkish media described his death as an accident.
We have learned with shock and sadness the news of the death of @lemesurierjames, founder and director of the humanitarian organization @MaydayRescue, early on Monday at his home in Tophane in Istanbul, Turkey. Mayday is one of the institutions supporting the White Helmets. pic.twitter.com/czhB3IkdWN
— The White Helmets (@SyriaCivilDef) November 11, 2019
At the same time, Russia and Turkey continue to boost their cooperation on the tactical, in Syria’s Idlib and northeast, and regional level. The rapprochement between Ankara and Moscow apparently endranger British personnel involved in clandestine activities in the miltiant-held part of Syria.
Therefore, it’s highly likely that the UK is now trying to get a kind of open corridor to withdraw its intelligence officers and military advisers involved in propaganda operations and training of militants in the Idlib zone.