Subscription and demo access


 
About Interfax
Press Releases
Products & Services
Contact us
Customer Login
 


Headlines
 

08/27 16:08   Russia, U.S. to intensify contacts on Syria, including military ones - Lavrov
 
08/27 16:02   Railroad bombing prevented in self-proclaimed Luhansk republic - local militia
 
08/27 15:54   Lavrov: Kurds should be engaged in Syria political process rather than be factor of country's split
 
08/27 15:41   Lavrov insists on calling direct intra-Syrian dialogue in near future
 
08/27 15:35   U.S. for the first time gives Russia list of Syrian opposition groups that joined cessation - Lavrov
 
08/27 15:30   Lavrov expects Russian-U.S. agreements on Syria to be ready in near future
 
08/27 15:04   Azerbaijani armed forces down Armenian drone - TV
 
08/27 15:01   Charter flights between Russia, Turkey to be resumed within 2 days - source
 
08/27 14:57   CHARTER FLIGHTS BETWEEN RUSSIA, TURKEY MAY BE FULLY RESUMED WITHIN 2 DAYS - TOURISM INDUSTRY SOURCE
 
08/27 14:56   Putin nominates Temrezov, Borodkin, Bidzhev for head of Karachayevo-Cherkessia
 




 

Interfax.com  |  Interfax news  |  Assad overthrow Washington's fixed idea - Russian...


News headlines


January 26, 2014 18:43

Assad overthrow Washington's fixed idea - Russian lawmaker

MOSCOW. Jan 26 (Interfax) - Attempts to explain all of Syria's current problems by President Bashar al Assad's tenure hold no water and only reflect Washington's obsession with the idea of Syrian president's overthrow, chairman of the State Duma's International Affairs Committee Alexei Pushkov said in remarks about U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's speech at the Davos international economic forum on Friday.

"His speech suggests that the U.S. administration is absolutely obsessed with the idea of removing Assad from office. Kerry spoke exceedingly at length about Assad's desirable resignation and tried hard to convince all that if Assad leaves his post, all problems will be solved at one go. I think, this is pure propaganda, and I don't think this sounds convincing in any way," Pushkov said.

If the Syrian leadership is overthrown, Syria will "plunge into an abyss of absolute anarchy and chaos, because people wo are fighting against the current government, want to seize power, not to govern," he said.

"Kerry argued that the highly intensive terrorist operations and the presence of 50,000 radical-minded Islamist militants in Syria is because Assad keeps attracting all radicals and terrorists like a magnet. This is not true," Pushkov said.

"We can see the United States waging a war against radicals from the Taliban in Afghanistan. Assad is not to be found in Afghanistan, but the U.S. has been unable to defeat the Afghan Mujahedeen for 12 years now. We can see terrorists of all brands inundating Iraq since the U.S. overthrew Hussein. To claim that Syria is drawing radical-wing rebels linked to Al Qaeda because they are attracted by the magnet of Assad's upcoming deposition is to distort the actual situation completely. They are there to seize power and to form a Shariah state, while Assad has nothing to do with this," he said.

The problem is much deeper: Syria is increasingly becoming a country which is partly occupied by radical terrorist organizations through the fault of those who have been supporting, financing and arming the Syrian opposition since th beginning, he said.

Generally, Kerry's speech at the Davos forum was a combination of reasonable and purely propaganda-motivated approaches, Pushkov said.

"The reasonable approaches boil down to the idea that the United Sates' influence is not at all limited to its military power, that the U.S. is engaged in active diplomacy to settle the problem of Iran's nuclear program and that the U.S. should not be viewed as a country that must tackle all problems with the use of weapons. Kerry made a point that the current American administration will lay the emphasis on diplomacy and political means, and that military force is not its chosen path," he said.

This sort of rhetoric, said Pushkov, strongly differs from the rhetoric heard in Davos during George W. Bush's tenure.

"Kerry clamed that there are countries and people who would like Americans to fight for them in other regions. He was directly hinting at Saudi Arabia which was spurring the U.S. to a war in Syria. But this is not the American choice, Kerry said. The U.S.' choice is that of diplomacy and political methods. This, I think, was the strongest and most important part of Kerry's speech," said Pushkov.

Sd

(Our editorial staff can be reached at eng.editors@interfax.ru)

/Interfax/
 Subscription
You can access a demo version of, receive more information about or subscribe to Interfax publications by filling in and returning the form below. We also have dozens of reports in the Russian language, please indicate if you are interested.
Title:


Phone:


E-mail:


First name:


Company:


Country:
Last name:


Division:


City:
Products:
Central Asia & Caucasus Business Weekly
Central Asia General Newswire
Global Gas Analytics
Global Natural Gas Daily
Interfax Via Bloomberg Terminal
Kazakhstan General Newswire
Kazakhstan Mining Weekly
Kazakhstan Oil & Gas Weekly
Russia & CIS Announcements
Russia & CIS Banking and Finance Weekly
Russia & CIS Business and Financial Daily
Russia & CIS Business and Financial Newswire
Russia & CIS Business and Investment Weekly
Russia & CIS Business Law Weekly
Russia & CIS Business news
Russia & CIS Defense Industry Weekly
Russia & CIS Diplomatic Panorama
Russia & CIS Energy Daily
Russia & CIS Energy Newswire
Russia & CIS Events Calendar
Russia & CIS Food and Agriculture Weekly
Russia & CIS General Newswire
Russia & CIS Headline News
Russia & CIS Insurance Weekly
Russia & CIS IT and Telecom Weekly
Russia & CIS Metals and Mining Weekly
Russia & CIS Military Daily
Russia & CIS Military Newswire
Russia & CIS Military Weekly
Russia & CIS Oil and Gas Weekly
Russia & CIS Presidential Bulletin
Russia & CIS Statistics Weekly
Russia Health & Pharmaceuticals
Russia Market Roundup
Russia Press Review
Ukraine Business Daily
Ukraine Business Weekly
Ukraine General Newswire
Please enter the digits from picture in the box below:

August 27, 2016
 
16:02
Railroad bombing prevented in self-proclaimed Luhansk republic - local militia
 
15:54
Lavrov: Kurds should be engaged in Syria political process rather than be factor of country's split
 
15:41
 
15:35
U.S. for the first time gives Russia list of Syrian opposition groups that joined cessation - Lavrov
 
15:30
Lavrov expects Russian-U.S. agreements on Syria to be ready in near future
 
15:04
Azerbaijani armed forces down Armenian drone - TV
 
15:01
Charter flights between Russia, Turkey to be resumed within 2 days - source
 
14:57
CHARTER FLIGHTS BETWEEN RUSSIA, TURKEY MAY BE FULLY RESUMED WITHIN 2 DAYS - TOURISM INDUSTRY SOURCE
 
14:56
Putin nominates Temrezov, Borodkin, Bidzhev for head of Karachayevo-Cherkessia
 
14:48
Russian, U.S. experts to finalize agreements on humanitarian aid for Aleppo within days - Lavrov
 
14:11
Russian Investigative Committee: Arson ruled out as possible cause of Moscow warehouse fire
 
13:50
RUSSIAN INVESTIGATIVE COMMITTEE: PRIMARY INVESTIGATIVE PROCEDURES RULE OUT ARSON AS POSSIBLE CAUSE OF WAREHOUSE FIRE ON ALTUFYEVSKOYE HIGHWAY IN MOSCOW
 
13:40
Moscow, Washington settle most technical details to resume cessation in Syria - Kerry
 
13:40
Understanding between Russia, U.S. growing on Syrian opposition's separation from terrorists - Lavrov
 
 more headlines 



Interviews
 

.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has given an interview to Interfaxs correspondent Alexander Korzun ahead of the alliances summit in Warsaw due on July 8-9 in which he speaks about place of the Russian topic on the summits agenda and Russia-NATO relations in general.

more
.
.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given an interview to Interfax ahead of his visit to Russia in which he speaks about the influence that his personal relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin have on the development of interstate ties, about Israels plans regarding new gas fields and said that Israel will into allow Syria to turn into a source of aggression. This will be Netanyahus third visit in under a year.

more
.
.
Indonesian Ambassador to Russia Wahid Supriyadi has given an interview with Interfax in which he speaks about the results of the Russia-ASEAN summit, prospects for achieving an agreement on oil production freeze in OPEC, Indonesian-Russian military and technological cooperation and the launch of direct air communication between Indonesia and Russia.

more

 
  
 ©   1991—2016   Interfax Information Service. All rights reserved.
contact information   |   Interfax offices   |   made by web.finmarket

News and other data on this site are provided for information purposes only, and are not intended for republication or redistribution. Republication or redistribution of Interfax content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Interfax.

Browse other Interfax sites:  Interfax.ru   |   IFX.RU   |   Interfax Group   Rambler's Top100