Putin vows to fully back Annan on Syria

2012-07-17 22:38

Moscow  -Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed on Tuesday to do everything to support Kofi Annan's plan for ending the violence in Syria that the UN-Arab League envoy said had reached "unacceptable" proportions.

Annan arrived for his first meeting with the Kremlin chief since Putin's return for a third term, hoping to avert a new Moscow veto of a Security Council resolution threatening sanctions against Russia's ally.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after the 90-minute meeting that he could "see no reason why we cannot also agree at the UN Security Council. We are ready for this".

But neither Putin nor other Russian official offered any sign that they were ready to take a harder line with President Bashar al-Assad or compromise on punitive measures against the regime's brutal use of force.

"From the very start, from the first steps, we supported and continue to support your efforts aimed at restoring civil peace," Putin told Annan at the start of their talks.

"We will do everything that depends on us to support your efforts," the Russian leader said.

Annan's three-month-old peace initiative - never implemented amid recently escalating violence - is now up against a Friday deadline for a UN monitors mission to either wind down or receive an extension from the Security Council.

Western powers have scheduled a vote on the mission for Wednesday extending its mandate for 45 days but also giving Assad 10 days to pull heavy military equipment out of cities or face economic sanctions.

"The Council, I expect, will be sending out a message that the killings must stop and that the situation on the ground is unacceptable," Annan said.

No penalty

"Hopefully, the Council will come together in a united manner and press ahead in search of peace," he added.

Russia has vowed to block the measure in the same manner that it has two previous resolutions that threatened penalties against its main Middle East ally for violence that activists believe has claimed more than 17 000 lives.

Moscow has proposed its own draft that would extend UN mission's mandate for another three months without penalising Assad in any manner.

Western powers believe Russia's measure lacks backing from the nine required members on the 15-seat Council.

A failure to reach compromise and extend the mission's deadline would put a halt to a key component of an Annan initiative that intends to gradually help set up a Syrian transition government acceptable to all sides.

Russia has insisted that it is not helping Assad - whose government it continues to supply with arms despite the fighting - but advocating global laws that prevent big powers from interfering in the affairs of smaller states.

Moscow has seen several of its friends swept from power during the Arab Spring revolutions and was furious when Nato attacked ally Libya last year citing a loosely worded UN resolution that Russia decided not to block.

A top Russian daily said Putin had recently told a meeting of Russian envoys in Moscow that he intends to make sure that Western powers do not implement a regime change in Syria with the use of sanctions or force.

"The manner in which the Syrian crisis is resolved will largely determine the model the world community uses to respond to future internal conflicts of nations," the Kommersant business broadsheet quoted Putin as telling the meeting.

  • jans.opresser - 2012-07-17 23:06

    good on you Vlad for putting an end to the one sided lies that being conducted by the UN,america and NATO and this puppet Annan!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-17 23:22

      He is pledging support for your "puppet Annan".

      jans.opresser - 2012-07-17 23:52

      fred stop your lying! it was AMERICA and the al-qaeda rebels who was against Annans plan. Putin backed it from day one because it did NOT call for regime change. and what part of... top Russian daily said Putin had recently told a meeting of Russian envoys in Moscow that he intends to make sure that Western powers do not implement a regime change in Syria with the use of sanctions or force. DID YOU NOT UNDERSTAND?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-18 00:35

      Geez, talk about being upside down. Putin has been arming Assad. Assad is the UNELECTED dictator of Syria who, for eleven months of unarmed demonstrations chose again and again to kill, detain, torture and rape tens of thousands of Syrians to hold onto power. He has openly called himself "the bloody surgeon of Syria". When you let go your immature anti-West beliefs, you'll see what's really been going on. Right now you're totally upside down, supporting the wholesale slaughter of Syrians and their families who want to be free of oppression and vote for their leaders.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-18 04:58

      Although Russia could speed up the departure of this assad terrorist, it is also making itself less relevant in the Syria issue. A dictator can only hang onto power if he can maintain the FEAR he installed in the population. To have overcome the fear, the Syrian people, like in Tunesia, Egypt and Libya, have become strong. No soldiers, tanks, airforce jets, gunship helicopters ,can suppress the Syrians any longer. The world, especially Russia and China, have let the Syrians down, big time !! The Syrians have accepted this, and will now topple this assad by themselves !! They WILL succeed !!!

      Greg - 2012-07-18 09:17

      @Fred, Putin has not provided arms to the Syrian Government. Making a statement like that with no proof is pathetic. This whole situation has NOTHING to do with democracy. We can draw this conclusion by the way the opposition is acting. They don’t want any negotiations and they don’t want to comply with the Annan plan, they don’t want to create a transitional government, they don’t want anything. What they want is to have all the power in the country. I don’t understand how the US can support the armed opposition because these are the same people that blow up American and Nato soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. Neither Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Beharein or United Arab Emirates (so called friends of Syria) have any democracy or freedom and most of these states even lack a constitution. yet these nations are friends with the USA?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-18 15:27

      Unfortunately you're blinding yourself with anti-West rhetoric, Greg. Much of Assad's military hardware and resources are supplied by Russia. These supplies have continued during the uprising, even increased. There are plenty of credible reports about this. Plenty. Putin has not stopped them, which obviously would have been the right thing to do considering that Assad openly stated he sees himself as "the bloody surgeon of Syria". What does that mean to you? You obviously missed the eleven months of unarmed demonstrations when Assad killed thousands of Syrians with SNIPER-FIRE, detained, tortured and had raped tens of thousands more. It's almost unimaginable that you could watch the thousands of refugees who have poured into Turkey and Jordan with account after account of atrocities at the hands of Assad and his militia and not believe them. Truly you are blinding yourself. Sad. But the Syrian people are freeing themselves anyway. Just you're on the wrong side. You're supporting their murder. And like Fidel, Patrick, Luyolu and Keith, you don't know it.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-18 15:38

      Don't ever get tired of lying? But once again we see the lies and disinformation that are hallmarks of your posts.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-17 23:24

    Now that the end of Assad is becoming clearer, the ex-KGB thug Putin appears to be changing sides.

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-07-18 02:01

      Not sure Putin is changing yet. but maybe he is because its becoming clearer and clearer that Assad's government is going to be toppled, and most likely by force. but the rebels will remember who their true friends are and Russia and China will suffer

      jaba.kov - 2012-07-18 08:24

      Russia’s & china's hands are soaked with Syrian blood... upcoming history books will not neglect this depressing reality.

      Greg - 2012-07-18 09:23

      Putin will not promote foreign intervention in Syria as the conflict has been influenced from outside. This insurgency would have had very little violent demonstrations without support, but they have this external financial and political support from the west, they get weapons from outside, so it’s not simply an uprising, it’s a civil war that has split the country in half as a result of external interference. @Jaba. THE US and UK are soaked in Blood from all the drone strikes and fake wars (Iraq) that cost millions of lives. Russia and China have a clean conscious. If you knew the facts rather then regurgitating western propaganda, you would realise this.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-18 09:25

      Predictable dismissive hysterics when faced with an uncomfortable truth. Those fuelling the conflict via pumping arms into the middle of it, while pretending to be in favour of peace, have blood on their hands as well.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-18 15:33

      Greg and Fidel are blinding themselves with anti-West beliefs. They unwittingly are supporting the outright murder, detention, torture and rape of Syrians at the hands of the UNELECTED dictator Bashar Assad who openly sees himself as "the bloody surgeon of Syria". They don't know they're doing this and vociferously defend their blinded perspective.

  • luyolo.mhlauli.9 - 2012-07-18 07:09

    Maybe we should read up on what Annans plan is before we say Putin is changing minds. Russia is a veto wielding member of the UN Security Council and they will continue to block any UN resolution that includes military intervention in Syria. Any other illegitimate means to intervene militarily will take ever us closer to a reginal conflict of greater proportions. But people are so zoomed in on Syria they can't even see the bigger picture. Push both sides into negotian tables which will move us away from a possible standoff between nuclear rivals of the last century.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-18 07:22

      Make no mistake....people can see the bigger picture, which is a free Syria,withhout these assad thugs. That is the essence of the 'Arab Spring' ; get rid of these families who treat countries as their personal belongings. After 50 years of 'asking' the assads to negotiate , the Syrians are no longer interested sitting at the same table with the mass murderer of their family and friends. In any case, one CANNOT negotiate with a dictator. One removes him by force. And THAT'S exactly what is going to happen !!!

      luyolo.mhlauli.9 - 2012-07-18 07:27

      Sadly it won't be the bigger picture if ut includes a military intervention without Russian and Chinese backing .

      luyolo.mhlauli.9 - 2012-07-18 07:31

      They shot themselves on the foot by saying the were going to do a only no fly zone in Libya but ended up fighting the actual war if they had done what what they said they would do Russia and China would actually be on their side.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-18 08:07

      Pure nonsense they 'shot themselves in the foot' The Libyans will be forever greatful to Nato for helping them getting rid of that fruitcake. And, no one is planning a military intervention in Syria. Everybody can now see clearly, that the Syrians are capable enough to topple their tyrant !!

      Greg - 2012-07-18 09:29

      Anthony, Your comments are speculations with no facts. You clearly have done no research on the crisis in Syria. It has nothing to do with democracy FFS. It’s a well known fact that the armed opposition groups persecute the Christian communities in Syria, thousands of Christians were driven out of there towns and villages. Shia muslims, the minority in the country (13%) are also targeted by armed suni radicals who represent a majority in the armed opposition. The Islamic States in the Gulf, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrein (Who are Suni Muslims) seek to model the Syria regime after their own, they want to cover all women under black veils, lock them up at home, strip them of there electoral rights, and encase of decent, the government would follow the example of Bahgrein and open fire aganst its own people. This type of clonflict is not unique to Syria but with the events in Bahgrein the US simply turned a blind eye because behrein is Americas friend. In other words these gulf nations would like the Sunnies to take power and establish a religious state just like in the Persian gulf to weaken the shia’s that have been ruling Syria and Iran.

      Greg - 2012-07-18 09:31

      @AnthonyfromAfrica You are a Shill. Spreading your opinions as truth with no evidence to back it up. How much do they pay you?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-18 09:57

      Spot on Greg, the Gulf decadent monarchies aren't going to bring democracy to Syria but Wahhabi and Salafism.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-18 10:17

      Greg, ""You are a Shill. Spreading your opinions as truth with no evidence to back it up"" And , you are just another one, who loves dictators and deny others, what you so eagerly abuse!! You want to talk about 'truth' ???? ""The conflict is happening on Syria's Borders only. The capital and all inland cities are peaceful and are PRO Assad. The people there want these "terrorist.........."" Greg.Meyer.543---Tuesday 17 July 2012---08.51 What a load of BS, how the heck can you come up with this kind of CRAP?? While you were typing this, there was not only in the suburbs of Damascus, but in THE MAIN SQUARE in Damascus , fighting going on !!! Tanks were deployed all over this capital. Gunship helicopters flying low over the city and shooting at opposition members!!! The Presidential Palace is on a hilltop overlooking Damascus, For CERTAIN, this assad terrorist can smell the gun powder in his bedroom! And when he stands on his veranda, he can now see the revolution , has come to his doorstep!!!! You want to entertain the lovers of DICTATORS/TYRANTS/MASS MURDERERS, that's fine, but don't come and tell, you have done "research" THAT is utter BULLSH.T !!!!!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-18 10:54

      It's easy to tell you're a stooge. You type in capitals randomly thinking it makes your point more right. It doesn't.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-18 11:42

      Fidel, Whatever !!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-18 11:51

      The old act confused and just agree defence. Classic.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-18 09:29

    The Russians are the only ones to make any serious peace proposal. The last thing Britain, US and Nato want in Syria is peace. They are prepared to do anything to avoid that tragedy. Glory to Russia and China, the world's only hope to be saved from the genocidal Nato vampires. Thank God for Russia, for Putin!

      Greg - 2012-07-18 09:37

      I Couldn't Agree more Fidel. USA wont be the world's super power for much longer after the dollar goes bang. and based on their actions (not words) I trust Russia's judgement much more then the west.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-18 09:48

      That 15 trillion of real stuff under the Iranian subterranean kinda comes in handy when you've debased your own currency to being as worthless as toilet paper.

      keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-18 10:00

      fidel those f..cken western vampires and emirates are the ones with the real bllon on their hands as they are the one stoking the violence.I think assad should use his chemical stock yo get rid of that so called opposition the idiots

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-18 10:12

      Maybe Assad/Iran should start arming the protesters in Bahrain.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-18 10:20

      Shame, the bullsh.tters entertaining each other , with utter CRAP !!!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-18 11:08

      Back to your log, termite...

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-18 15:35

      Here they go again. Sad. "Forgive them for they know not what they do. Forgive them, for they know not what they do."

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-18 15:39

      Just read Keith's deranged and inhuman idea.

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