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The defense Ministry announced air strikes on the points near Aleppo
The head of the foreign office downplayed the threat posed by Russia
President Barack Obama and his key advisers on international relations can have a meeting to determine next steps on Syria. One of the options involves air strikes on Syrian army bases and air defenses, recognized Agency Reuters
Citing anonymous U.S. officials, Reuters writes that on Friday the U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to meet with senior advisers on international Affairs, which will discuss the military and other options for further U.S. action in Syria, where the Syrian army with the support of the Russian aviation continues to advance on Aleppo.
Part of the American officials believe that the United States must take more decisive action in Syria, because otherwise they risk losing the impact they have on the moderate rebels and their Arab, Kurdish and Turkish allies, who are fighting against the “Islamic state” (ISIS banned in Russia organization), sources told Reuters.
One of the options that can be considered at the meeting, provides for direct US military action such as air strikes on military bases in Syria, ammunition depots and air defense, said one of the interlocutors Reuters on condition of anonymity, describing what the framework is under discussion.
This source said that the main danger is that the Russian and Syrian military are at the same time, and this increases the possibility of a direct military confrontation with Russia, which is so afraid of the White house.
The news Agency believe that Obama is unlikely to approve air strikes against Syrian government targets. They stress that no decision has yet been taken and that there is an alternative option providing for the rebels more sophisticated weapons. The officials say that we are not talking about anti-aircraft missiles, as Washington fears that the weapons could fall into the hands of the enemy.
The white house declined to comment, emphasizes Reuters.
Scheduled for Friday’s meeting is the latest in a long series of internal discussions about what the U.S. must take in order to put an end to a five-year civil war in Syria, the Agency said.
As previously wrote The Washington Post, the solution to the crisis in Aleppo homeland security United States discuss is not the first week. In particular, 28 September and 5 October at the White house discussed the issue of applying limited airstrikes on Assad’s forces. But even then, the sources stressed that Obama, who is about to expire presidential term, won’t solve the issues in Syria as the security key and that each of the options being discussed could lead to negative Washington effects.
October 6, Washington officially announcedthat tolerates attacks on government forces in Syria with the aim to resolve the situation in Aleppo. Speaking of which, White house spokesman Josh earnest said: “it is Most likely that this will lead to unintended consequences that are not in our national interests”.
The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov, commenting on this information, said that in conversations with U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry never did not talk about the possibility of the use of force against the Syrian government forces of Bashar al Assad.
On 3 October, the US announced the termination of contacts with Russia on Syria, with Russia blame for the worsening situation in Aleppo. A few days earlier Obama asked services dealing with matters of national security, to prepare options for further action in Syria.
Earlier, foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov in interview Bi-bi-si said that the United States protect some jihadist groups in Syria to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Assad, and cited the example of “front an-Nusra” (later changed the name to “Jabhat Fatah al-sham”), noting that the United States never applied it strikes in Syria.
On 11 October the Deputy head of the Ministry of defense of Russia Anatoly Antonov said that the failure of the Russian-American dialogue has won only terrorists, and noted that he “did not want to believe that Washington finally abandoned diplomacy and headed for a military solution to the conflict in Syria.”
The conflict in Syria intensified after mid-September were thwarted by the cease-fire, acting on the basis of negotiations between Moscow and Washington on 9 September. Relations between Russia and the United States worsened after at Aleppo was shelled a humanitarian convoy of the UN and the Syrian branch of the red Crescent society.
After that, the U.S., France and Britain began to harshly criticize Russia for participation in operations in Aleppo. In particular, the British foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has urged the international community to increase pressure on Moscow, saying that Russia risks becoming a pariah because of the recent events in Syria. The Russian defense Ministry charges Johnson of involvement in the September strike on the convoy was called “Russophobic hysteria”. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the attack on the convoy struck one of the terrorist organizations.
After reports of the break the sides of the contacts in the Syrian defense Ministry reported about the deliveries to Syria battery of anti-aircraft missile system (ZRS) s-300. Later, the defense Ministry explained that the purpose of the transfer of s-300 is the elimination of the repetition of the events of 17 September, when the U.S.-led coalition in half an hour launched air strikes on Syrian troops in Deir ez-Zor.