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Lavrov Challenges Kerry’s ‘Strange Suggestion’ on Syria

September 2015

This article appeared on the Executive Intelligence Review website and is copied here with permission.

John Kerry.
EPA/Sergei Chirikov
Sergei Lavrov.

Sept. 10, 2015 (EIRNS)—Following a phone conversation Wednesday between Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Secretary of State John Kerry, Lavrov told the press that Kerry had

"made a strange suggestion that support of Bashar Assad in the anti-terrorist fight is only strengthening ISIL positions, because ISIL sponsors will provide this organization, in response, with more weaponry, money, and everything needed for fulfilling its sinister plans. This is backward logic and another attempt to help those who are using terrorists in fighting against undesirable regimes. I think this is a big mistake."

It was not reported whether Kerry identified who those "ISIL sponsors" might be, but the world knows well that Obama’s pals in Riyadh are the primary source.

Other Obama-ites backed up Kerry’s "strange suggestion." State Department spokesman John Kirby told the press briefing that Kerry had "reiterated our concern about these report of Russian military activities or buildup in Syria and made very clear our view that if true and if borne out, those reports could lead to greater violence and even more instability in Syria and were not helpful at all to what eventually the international community should be trying to achieve inside Syria"—presumably referring to what the international community (meaning Bush and Obama) "achieved" in Iraq and Libya.

Anti-Putin Russian military analyst Pavel Felgenhauer ranted that "Russia is piling pressure, playing a blackmail game. They want to push others to consider [Russia’s proposal for a broad coalition to fight ISIS] more seriously, or else fear that Moscow could use its forces there for other purposes."

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova was blunt: "We are supposedly harming the fight against terrorism—that is complete rubbish."