Topic: Protests in Syria
MOSCOW, August 5 (RIA Novosti)
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NATO is planning a military campaign against Syria to help overthrow the regime of President Bashar al-Assad with a long-reaching goal of preparing a beachhead for an attack on Iran, Russia's envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin said.
The UN Security Council condemned on Wednesday ongoing violence in Syria and urged the country's authorities to stop using force against peaceful protesters, while saying the current situation in the country has not yet called for NATO interference.
"[This statement] means that the planning [of the military campaign] is well underway. It could be a logical conclusion of those military and propaganda operations, which have been carried out by certain Western countries against North Africa," Rogozin said in an interview with the Izvestia newspaper published on Friday.
The Russian diplomat pointed out at the fact that the alliance is aiming to interfere only with the regimes "whose views do not coincide with those of the West."
Rogozin agreed with the opinion expressed by some experts that Syria and later Yemen could be NATO's last steps on the way to launch an attack on Iran.
"The noose around Iran is tightening. Military planning against Iran is underway. And we are certainly concerned about an escalation of a large-scale war in this huge region," Rogozin said.
Having learned the Libyan lesson, Russia "will continue to oppose a forcible resolution of the situation in Syria," he said, adding that the consequences of a large-scale conflict in North Africa would be devastating for the whole world.
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- bielecTalking is not enough15:21, 05/08/2011How about the "ongoing violence" in Bahrain, with the backing of the Saudi military? Can Russia start planning a military operation there?
- mrgenieYes, and someone should overthrow that regime!07:49, 09/08/2011That's why france is selling NATO technology to Russia, so Russia can take actions against NATO-Friendly regimes, but NATO wants to get rid of, while NATO can take actions against Russia-Friendly regimes, but Russia wants to get rid of. Surely neither Russia nor the West needs friends like Saudi, Ghadaffi, Assad and other dictators. But you can't attack your own 'friends' so you let others take care of them. Russian and NATO are playing a dirty game
- barboutThe Free world must stop illegal Nato intervention in other countires affairs15:14, 04/06/2012Nato has no right whatsoever to overthrow the Assad government so as to offer hardliner Satan Brothers the opportunity to rule.Most Syrians are supporters of Bashar Al Assad.The Syrian people will not yield to Western criminal intervention whatever the consequences.It seems really strange that the leasers of so called "civilized" nations do not know for sure who are the real killers of civilian Syrians! Stop the Saudi backed Takfiris.
The growing outright rivalry between the United States and China gives Russia more foreign policy weight, enabling it to assume the role of a balancer. So far it has been doing so rather skillfully. Today it may participate in a joint naval exercise with China that Beijing positions as outwardly anti-American. But tomorrow it can team up with the naval forces of the Old World.