Analyst: US Unable to Overthrow Syrian President
Russian and American diplomats would never reached the deal on reducing the violence in Syria were Washington able to achieve its goals in the Arab country, primarily change the regime in Damascus, political analyst Dmitry Kosyrev stressed. […]
Russian and American diplomats would never reached the deal on reducing the violence in Syria were Washington able to achieve its goals in the Arab country, primarily change the regime in Damascus, political analyst Dmitry Kosyrev stressed.
"If the Syrian Arab Army was in a good shape, there would have been no ground for talks. It is also clear that the United States would not have agreed to this painful deal if there were a chance for Washington to win, in other words to change the regime in Damascus or remain an influential power in the region. The agreement makes the latter possible, the analyst wrote for RIA Novosti.
He said that those in the US unhappy with the deal will most likely try to undermine it, adding that Washington will try to spin the agreement as a major success during the presidential election campaign.
Russia and the United States have reached an agreement on a ceasefire in Syria as part of a plan to find a political solution to the years-long crisis in the Arab country. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry announced the agreement during a joint press conference in Geneva, Switzerland, in the early hours of Saturday after some 13 hours of marathon talks on the Syrian crisis.
"It's hard not to notice that the agreement primarily focuses on preventing Syria and its partners, including Russia, Iran, etc., from launching strikes against pro-American armed opposition groups. Theoretically, these militias must now stop fighting and focus on negotiating with Damascus," Kosyrev said.
"Bad people from Daesh [ISIL] will remain where they are to be destroyed perhaps in a joint operation involving the US, Russia and the Syrian authorities," he added.
Russia has repeatedly said that the United States has continued to fail to distinguish between the terrorist groups and moderate opposition in Syria as Moscow has calls Washington for separating US-backed moderates from terrorists in the war-torn country.
The Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman also said that Moscow sees links between certain militant groups and terrorists in Syria as obvious, adding that "the links between a number of militant groups and recognized terrorists are a fact, it is obvious not only to us but also for the militants themselves."
Kosyrev noted that should radical groups try to capitalize on the upcoming secession of hostilities, the deal will crumble. In fact, he maintained that this is what will most likely happen.
"This will happen because someone on the ground will refuse to adhere to the agreement. There are so many militias embroiled in the Syrian conflict who answer to different commanders that this is a likely scenario," he underlined.
The analyst maintained that the United States was more interested in the talks on the deal.
"If the US weren't interested, it would not have been ready to reach a compromise," he said, adding that Washington will try to walk back on the agreement since this is what it has always done.
Syria has been mired in bloody war since March 2011, with government forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad fighting numerous terrorist groups.