Russia measures foil war plans against Syria: analyst

A political analyst says measures taken by Russia have foiled the military intervention plans against Syria Press TV reports.

“… What Russia has done with the backing of the Syrian government and China and others …, [is that] it has sabotaged the rolling war machine plans, specifically here and now against Syria,” Sukant Chandan, a political analyst from London, told Press TV on Tuesday.

He further highlighted the role that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have played in the handling of the crisis in the Arab country, saying, they “have played this with great finesse and panache and with great swagger as well.”

His comments come after Lavrov said on Tuesday that a recent UN report on the August 21 chemical weapons attack revealed no evidence of Syrian troops being responsible and that Russia believes foreign-backed militants were behind it.

Lavrov added that there had been “many provocations” by the militants fighting against the Syrian government and people. “They were all aimed, over the last two years, at provoking foreign intervention.”

The United Nations’ recently released report states that sarin nerve agent has been used in the Damascus suburbs attack, but does not indicate who has launched the attack.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich also described the Western attempts to blame the Assad government for the attack as “simplistic and groundless.”

The United States, France, Britain and the foreign-sponsored militants blame the Syrian government for the attack near Damascus.

The Assad government however has vehemently denied the accusations, saying the attack has been carried out by the militants themselves as a false-flag operation.

On September 10, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem said Damascus is ready to implement a Russian proposal to place its chemical weapons arsenal under international control.

The Russian government proposed the initiative during a meeting between Lavrov and Muallem in Moscow on September 9.

In response, US President Barack Obama asked Congress to delay a vote on authorizing military action against Syria in order to give the Russian proposal a chance to play out.

By Press TV


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