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Trio Summit in Tehran, the rebellion of 51 diplomats and Turkey-Israel peace...

The defense ministers of Russia, Iran and Syria met in Tehran on June 9 to review their Syrian policies, including those regarding counter-terrorism. ('Russian Defense Minister in Tehran,' 10/06, IRNA.)

This is an interesting development.

Fifity-one diplomats from the US Department of State signed a statement criticizing the Washington administration's Syria policies. The statement was in favor of the US Air Force conducting operations on Syrian president Bashar Assad's regime. ('Diplomats rise against Obama's Syria Politics,' 17/06, Hürriyet.)

This is an extraordinary development...

Both of the above news items were given to local news organizations and certain columnists and the public.

But no one seemed to “see.”

Yet, the mystery lies between these two incidents that seem to be independent from each other. As a matter of fact, the Turkey-Israel peace issue which is nearing an end can be added to this too.

RUSSIA: WE ARE SICK OF US LIES

About a month ago I had said on a live television show, “We are nearing the end of the Russia-US alliance in Syria.”

This is what the Tehran meeting was about. It seems that the Kremlin has decided to show reaction against the US's “strategic instability.”

A lot of evidence unfolded before our eyes. To sum it up, not even a week after the Tehran meeting, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov argued that the US had a secret agenda to support al-Qaida in Syria's Nusra Front. ('Lavrov: US seems to want to use al-Nusra front to overthrow Assad,' 16/06, Sputnik.)

It is known that Moscow has been pressuring al-Nusra since the February cease-fire to physically separate the US from the Syrian opposition... However, the US was preventing Russia from conducting airstrikes on al-Nusra.

The Kremlin now believes that the US is distracting Russia while it secretly allies with regional countries and confiscates more land.

This is the statement Foreign Minister Lavrov made; “The Americans say that they will not separate the good opposition members from al-Nusra, and that they still need several months. My impression is that they have other plans!”

It is no secret that Iran warned Russia of this many times. Moreover, Tehran is arguing that this is Israel and the US's mutual conspiracy.

IT WILL ATTACK WITHOUT DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN THE UGLY, GOOD OR BAD...

Finally, Russian jets attacked US-backed opposition groups in the southern region in which Jordan, Syria and Iraqi borders intersect. Washington went mad. Russia wanted to put across such a clear message that it didn't even attack al-Nusra.

Meaning, if the Americans did not distinguish the “moderate” groups from al-Nusra, it would attack all groups without distinguishing between the “good” and the “bad.” It seems that Russia has drawn a line through the articles that it is not happy with, which then means that this is to the detriment of the US.

There is a second and auxiliary credential, which happened right before our eyes. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Soygu visited Damascus last Saturday and met Assad, representing Putin.

No one can argue that this visit is not connected with the Tehran summit. It is quite evident that he visited Damascus to follow up if the trio decisions were carried into effect. ('Syria's Assad keen on closer military cooperation with Russia,' 19/06, Xinhua.)

THE 'DECLARATION' OF DIPLOMATS IS FOR RUSSIA, NOT OBAMA

This was the development (which was introduced by the well-meaning but amateur local journalists) that gave the impression that 51 American diplomats were somehow uprising against their government.

Yes it is true that there is conflict between the US Department of State and Secretary of Defense and even the Oval Office on the Syria issue.

Yes, this declaration is a rising of the American “established order.”

But this is it.

The White House's answer: “We 'gladly' accept this declaration.” ('Obama's answer to the 51 diplomats,' 18/06, Vatan.)

The declaration of US diplomats demanding that the Assad regime be toppled using military force was given to Russia, not Obama: “We will topple Assad! The military option is still before us.”

Russia understood this.

On the other hand, the ice between Turkey and Israel is thawing today. Yesterday, Israeli newspaper Haaretz and Turkish newspapers announced the handshake between Ankara and Tel-Aviv, which was positively discussed for a while now.

Besides this step was taken with the success of Turkey announcing the good news on Gaza, which was never before achieved by regional or global countries.

We cannot evaluate this development separate from the Syria geopolitics and all the players involved.

It is clear that this turns into a game in which the US and its regional allies are on one side and Russia, Iran, Syria and Iraq are on the other.

Conventional alliances are turning into strategic competitions, and the Russia-US issue is unraveling.

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Trio Summit in Tehran, the rebellion of 51 diplomats and Turkey-Israel peace...



The defense ministers of Russia, Iran and Syria met in Tehran on June 9 to review their Syrian policies, including those regarding counter-terrorism. ('Russian Defense Minister in Tehran,' 10/06, IRNA.)

This is an interesting development.

Fifity-one diplomats from the US Department of State signed a statement criticizing the Washington administration's Syria policies. The statement was in favor of the US Air Force conducting operations on Syrian president Bashar Assad's regime. ('Diplomats rise against Obama's Syria Politics,' 17/06, Hürriyet.)

This is an extraordinary development...

Both of the above news items were given to local news organizations and certain columnists and the public.

But no one seemed to “see.”

Yet, the mystery lies between these two incidents that seem to be independent from each other. As a matter of fact, the Turkey-Israel peace issue which is nearing an end can be added to this too.

RUSSIA: WE ARE SICK OF US LIES

About a month ago I had said on a live television show, “We are nearing the end of the Russia-US alliance in Syria.”

This is what the Tehran meeting was about. It seems that the Kremlin has decided to show reaction against the US's “strategic instability.”

A lot of evidence unfolded before our eyes. To sum it up, not even a week after the Tehran meeting, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov argued that the US had a secret agenda to support al-Qaida in Syria's Nusra Front. ('Lavrov: US seems to want to use al-Nusra front to overthrow Assad,' 16/06, Sputnik.)

It is known that Moscow has been pressuring al-Nusra since the February cease-fire to physically separate the US from the Syrian opposition... However, the US was preventing Russia from conducting airstrikes on al-Nusra.

The Kremlin now believes that the US is distracting Russia while it secretly allies with regional countries and confiscates more land.

This is the statement Foreign Minister Lavrov made; “The Americans say that they will not separate the good opposition members from al-Nusra, and that they still need several months. My impression is that they have other plans!”

It is no secret that Iran warned Russia of this many times. Moreover, Tehran is arguing that this is Israel and the US's mutual conspiracy.

IT WILL ATTACK WITHOUT DISTINGUISHING BETWEEN THE UGLY, GOOD OR BAD...

Finally, Russian jets attacked US-backed opposition groups in the southern region in which Jordan, Syria and Iraqi borders intersect. Washington went mad. Russia wanted to put across such a clear message that it didn't even attack al-Nusra.

Meaning, if the Americans did not distinguish the “moderate” groups from al-Nusra, it would attack all groups without distinguishing between the “good” and the “bad.” It seems that Russia has drawn a line through the articles that it is not happy with, which then means that this is to the detriment of the US.

There is a second and auxiliary credential, which happened right before our eyes. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Soygu visited Damascus last Saturday and met Assad, representing Putin.

No one can argue that this visit is not connected with the Tehran summit. It is quite evident that he visited Damascus to follow up if the trio decisions were carried into effect. ('Syria's Assad keen on closer military cooperation with Russia,' 19/06, Xinhua.)

THE 'DECLARATION' OF DIPLOMATS IS FOR RUSSIA, NOT OBAMA

This was the development (which was introduced by the well-meaning but amateur local journalists) that gave the impression that 51 American diplomats were somehow uprising against their government.

Yes it is true that there is conflict between the US Department of State and Secretary of Defense and even the Oval Office on the Syria issue.

Yes, this declaration is a rising of the American “established order.”

But this is it.

The White House's answer: “We 'gladly' accept this declaration.” ('Obama's answer to the 51 diplomats,' 18/06, Vatan.)

The declaration of US diplomats demanding that the Assad regime be toppled using military force was given to Russia, not Obama: “We will topple Assad! The military option is still before us.”

Russia understood this.

On the other hand, the ice between Turkey and Israel is thawing today. Yesterday, Israeli newspaper Haaretz and Turkish newspapers announced the handshake between Ankara and Tel-Aviv, which was positively discussed for a while now.

Besides this step was taken with the success of Turkey announcing the good news on Gaza, which was never before achieved by regional or global countries.

We cannot evaluate this development separate from the Syria geopolitics and all the players involved.

It is clear that this turns into a game in which the US and its regional allies are on one side and Russia, Iran, Syria and Iraq are on the other.

Conventional alliances are turning into strategic competitions, and the Russia-US issue is unraveling.

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