by Scott Creighton
UPDATE: As Penny shows us, the plot thickens. Apparently the EU isn’t on board with the US/Israeli plan to hand over Raqqa to the Kurds. Quid pro quo on the part of Russia and the EU?
Putin as “hero” huh?
Yesterday was an interesting day with regard to our proxy army regime change operation taking place in Syria. Lots of stuff happened and the outlook for Syria got much, much worse.
First, it was reported that the United States wanted 8 “moderate” terrorist organizations who work with “ISIS” and al-Qaeda added to the ‘do not kill” list that is being hashed out in the new peace deal with Russia, Syria and Iran.
“Washington included two [Syrian rebel] groups that fight together with Daesh and 8 with al-Nusra Front in the list of the participants of the ceasefire regime in Syria sent to the Russian side. Moreover the inclusion of Ahrar ash-Sham and Nour al-Din al-Zenki cutthroats in this list completely discredits the American list,” the mission said in a statement published by the Russian Foreign Ministry.” Sputnik International
These are the same groups who have recently renewed their indiscriminate shelling of government controlled areas of Western Aleppo, killing all sorts of innocent civilians in the process including children.
“The assault, employing heavy shelling and suicide car bombs, was mainly focused on the city’s western edge by rebels based in the countryside outside Aleppo. It included Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, a former affiliate of al Qaeda previously known as the Nusra Front, and groups fighting under the Free Syrian Army (FSA) banner. ” Reuters
Second, President Putin refused the Russian military’s request to renew bombing campaigns against the entrenched positions of these “moderate” terrorists in East Aleppo.
President Vladimir Putin has denied the Russian military’s request to order a resumption of airstrikes in eastern Aleppo, his press secretary said. The military had asked permission to resume airstrikes due to the increased activity of militants.
“The Russian president considers it inappropriate at the present time to resume airstrikes in Aleppo,” Dmitry Peskov told the press.
However, Peskov added that “in case of extreme necessity to prevent provocative actions on the part of terrorist groups, the Russian side reserves the right to use all means at its disposal to provide an appropriate level of support to the Syrian armed forces.”
Russia will make a decision on further action in accordance with the events on the ground in Aleppo, the spokesman added.” RT
While children are dying and Western Aleppo is suddenly under a massive siege by our proxy terrorists, Vladamir Putin is refusing to pound these monsters into submission and defend the people of Western Aleppo from their aggression. This is a rather telling turn of events wouldn’t you say.
The RT article claims that Putin wants to give the US time to separate the “moderate” terrorists from al Qaeda and “ISIS” before he strikes, which seems to me to be some rather wishful thinking since the latest from the Obama administration is their declaration that these groups not be attacked at all. And since they are embedded with al Qaeda and “ISIS”, that means they don’t want those guys attacked either.
So what is Putin really doing?
Maybe this will explain it:
The European Union wants to diversify energy supplies and secure natural gas shipments from Russia. This is why the European Commission has expanded Gazprom’s access to the OPAL pipeline in Germany…
OPAL is the continuation of the Nord Stream gas pipeline in Germany. It connects Nord Stream to existing European gas transportation networks. OPAL allows for delivery of natural gas to Europe, bypassing Ukraine.
Previously, European restrictions allowed Russia’s Gazprom energy company to use only 50-55 percent of the pipeline’s capacity for Russian natural gas to be delivered across Germany to the Czech Republic. The restrictions are outlined in the European Union’s Third Energy Package which reserves the other half for independent gas suppliers…
The EU Commission allowed Gazprom to use another 40 percent of the pipeline’s capacity, preserving the last 10 percent as a reserve for the third countries, according to the source. Sputnik International Oct. 29, 2016
How about that? A massive payoff to Russia, increasing their LNG profits in the whole of the EU by nearly 50%. That’s a major deal, is it not?
You think one thing has nothing to do with the other? Guess again:
There are two reasons why the EU wants to reach a compromise with Gazprom, he added.
“First, the EU is looking for reliable energy supplies, especially amid the depletion of gas reserves in the Netherlands. This is why Europe wants to secure gas shipments from Russia. The second reason is the political instability, especially around Syria and Ukraine,” Estievenart concluded. Sputnik International Oct. 29, 2016
How would giving a massive payoff to Russia help with the political instability of Syria and Ukraine?
Maybe one way if for Russia to turn a blind eye to the suffering of the Syrian people in Western Aleppo which just might force Assad to cut a deal with the US and her NATO-backed terrorists. That might do it.
However you look at it, the timing of these events is unmistakable. Perhaps Putin didn’t want his pilots sharing the skies in close proximity with a bunch of trigger happy American pilots fresh off their New McCarthyism programing. Perhaps he wanted to send a message to Assad about what might happen to the rest of Syria if he doesn’t get on board with Russia’s plan to help the Kurds bust off a piece of their country for the Greater Kurdistan project. Or maybe he’s just as beholden to Russia’s “national interests” (read as “oligarchs”) as our president is to his.
Whatever the case may be, Putin is taking a step back while our “moderate” mortars are flying willy-nilly throughout Western Aleppo and the 1.5 million Syrians still living there are in grave danger.
So much for Putin as “hero”.
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