The Kremlin on Tuesday rejected allegations by the United Nations that Russia may have committed war crimes in Syria last year, saying the U.N. investigators are in no position to know what is happening on the ground.
“We strongly reject these claims,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. “It’s obvious that one committee can not have reliable information of what is happening on the ground.”
A report by a U.N. commission found that Russia - the Syrian government’s main ally against rebels and militants - conducted air strikes on a popular market and a camp for displaced people that killed dozens of civilians in July and August.
Part of the agreement is to establish a secure corridor along the M4 highway. The latter has appeared in the fighting in recent videos posted here. The corridor will reach 6 kilometres either side of the M4. The details of the corridor are to be agreed to within a week."I express hope that these agreements will serve as a good basis for a cessation of military activity in the Idlib de-escalation zone [and] stop the suffering of the peaceful population and the growing humanitarian crisis," Putin said.
Erdogan told reporters the truce would come into effect at midnight on Thursday.
"We will work together to supply aid for the Syrians in need," he said, adding that Turkey retained the right "to respond to all [Syrian] regime attacks in the field."
The two leaders also agreed to establish a secure corridor near the M4 highway, which runs east to west through Idlib, and hold joint patrols along the road from March 15.
In a joint statement read out by the Turkish and Russian foreign ministers, the two sides said the corridor would stretch six kilometres to the north and six km to the south of the M4 – effectively advancing Russia's presence further north into Idlib.
They said their defence ministers would agree on the parameters of the corridor within seven days.
Further, much more recent reports, on the use of Krasnopol munitions in Syria.Putin's agitprop machine has also its English outlets (RT is most known one). So it is not hard to detect apparent bias in this case.
Russian internet site 'Russian Arms' reports about tests (in real combat operations) of high precision, lazer guided shells Krasnopol in Syria.
В Сирии испытано новое российское оружие
The shells 152mm (there are 155mm modifications) can be used with existing hovitzers - Soviet D-20 (1947) for example. Probability to hit target on distances up to 30km is 90%.
The Russian proposal is to close the smaller crossing and only have one main crossing.Russia and China vetoed a UN resolution backed by the 13 other Security Council members Friday that would have maintained humanitarian aid deliveries to Syria's mainly rebel-held northwest through two crossing points from Turkey — just hours before the current mandate expires.
The larger crossing of Bab al-Hawa leads directly to Idlib, while the smaller one that Russia want to close lead to north of Aleppo.The German-Belgium resolution would have extended the mandate for the two border crossings from Turkey to the northwest that are now being used — Bab al-Salam and Bab al-Hawa — for six months.
The Russian-drafted resolution would only authorize cross-border deliveries through the Bab al-Hawa crossing for a year.
A German-Belgian proposal for two crossings was vetoed by Russia and China, while a Russian proposal for one crossing was voted down by other security council members. The current arrangement expires soon (if it hasn't by the time you read this), and without an agreement there will apparently be no aid crossings at all.Germany's UN ambassador, Christoph Heusgen, said Wednesday that while the Bab Al-Hawa crossing is used to deliver aid to Idlib province, the Bab al-Salam crossing reaches the region north of Aleppo, where an additional 300,000 Syrians displaced by the last offensive are now sheltering. (...)
Russia's Polyansky tweeted that Bab Al-Hawa "accounts for more than 85 per cent of total volume of operations."
The usual insult flinging between the major powers has been taking place over the issue but is probably not worth repeating here.The initial German-Belgium resolution authorizing two crossings for one year won support from 13 of the 15 council members on Tuesday but was vetoed by Russia and China.
A Russian draft resolution authorizing one crossing for six months failed to get the minimum nine "yes" votes on Wednesday. And a similar Russian amendment to the latest German-Belgium resolution was dramatically rejected earlier Thursday, getting only two "yes" votes from Russia and China.
There is an official explanation that apparently was not quoted or even mentioned by MSMThis story seems to have more behind it than appears on the surface. I suspect there is some behind the scenes jousting between Russia, Turkey, and NATO over control of border crossings.
On the surface Russia, backed by China, have vetoed a UN resolution renewing the use of two border crossings between Turkey and Syria for the delivery of aid.
Russia, China veto UN resolution to maintain aid for rebel-held areas in Syria
The Russian proposal is to close the smaller crossing and only have one main crossing.
The larger crossing of Bab al-Hawa leads directly to Idlib, while the smaller one that Russia want to close lead to north of Aleppo.
A German-Belgian proposal for two crossings was vetoed by Russia and China, while a Russian proposal for one crossing was voted down by other security council members. The current arrangement expires soon (if it hasn't by the time you read this), and without an agreement there will apparently be no aid crossings at all.
The usual insult flinging between the major powers has been taking place over the issue but is probably not worth repeating here.
The reason why I said that I suspect that there is more to this than appears on the surface is that the crossing north of Aleppo is closest to areas controlled by Turkish backed rebels, while the one near Idlib leads to a much more chaotic area. I suspect that Russia and the Syrian government are looking to make life difficult for Turkey in the latter's effort to carve out a sphere of influence in northern Syria. The Syrian government, backed by Russia, of course do not intend to leave any part of Syria controlled by either foreign powers or domestic rebels.
The Russian delegation voted against the draft Security Council resolution on extension of the cross-border mechanism (CBM) of humanitarian aid delivery to Syria, presented by Belgium and Germany.
Our position on the CBM, established in 2014, is known and remains unchanged. It was established as an exceptional and temporary measure, approved by the Security Council to support the humanitarian relief activities in the war-torn country. It has to be gradually phased out and replaced by humanitarian deliveries in accordance with the principles outlined in UNGA resolution 46/182.
For the past six years the situation on the ground has changed. The territory outside the Government of Syria control has reduced drastically.
So Moscow believes that step by step Syrian government should restore full control over sovereign Syrian territory and will itself determine the regime of all bordercrossings.However, we fully understand the need to provide humanitarian needs of all Syrians.
Guided by this, we will introduce our own draft, which extends the work of CBM for another 6 months and limits the number of crossing points to one, namely to Bab Al-Hawa. With the territory in Idlib controlled by terrorist groups reduced by 30 percent, we are confident that this border-crossing can cover all essential humanitarian needs of the population in that area. The CB point of Bab Al-Salam was providing only 14% of overall CB deliveries to Idlib.
...So Moscow believes that step by step Syrian government should restore full control over sovereign Syrian territory and will itself determine the regime of all bordercrossings.
There is no any limit for vetoes and Western countries use veto as a political tool.14 vetoes in less than 9 years and once again the Russian proposition didn’t get enough votes to pass. Six UN approved crossings , reduced to two six months ago and now none. Speaks volumes about the regime Russia and China support.Russia, backed by China, on Friday cast its 14th U.N. Security Council veto since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011 to block cross-border aid deliveries from Turkey and Iraq to millions of Syrian civilians.www.reuters.com
There isn’t, which is a pity. I don’t recall any vetoes against investigating CW or stopping humanitarian aid corridors though? Any examples?There is no any limit for vetoes and Western countries use veto as a political tool.
And the other countries could do the same re Russian occupation of Crimea.
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Now let's add
Russia (USSR) + Chine = 132 vetoes
US + UK+ France = 126 vetoe
The difference is not so big.
And note that after 1969 Washington used veto 81 times while Moscow only 36.
Russia could propose draft resolution about immediate implementation of UNSC resolution 242 (Israeli withdrawal from occupied lands) each week. and each week Washington would use veto to block such a resolution.
That Russia’s vetoes are about CW investigations and humanitarian aid crossings.So I don't understand what point do you try to make.
Russia says a lot of things. You yourself call them ‘crooks and thieves’. They could say whatever they liked, the likelihood is that it is nowhere near the truth.Btw, your source confirm my claim that Western MSM don't care to inform the readers about motives of Russia's veto.
If you don’t understand the point that Russia’s vetoes are about blocking CW investigations and supplying humanitarian aid through UNSC approved crossings, you only need to say. Reducing the crossing points from six, to two and now none.Humanitarian aid can be delivered through different points on Syrian territory. Each time Syrian authorities have right to control the delivery, search it for weapons, explosives and so on. There were only 2 exceptions - 2 crossing point with special status. From point of view of Moscow 1 special crossing point is more that enough. And note that humanitaria aid through dozens of other border crossings is possible. So what is the problem?
Also speak volumes for the need for the UN14 vetoes in less than 9 years and once again the Russian proposition didn’t get enough votes to pass. Six UN approved crossings , reduced to two six months ago and now none. Speaks volumes about the regime Russia and China support.Russia, backed by China, on Friday cast its 14th U.N. Security Council veto since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011 to block cross-border aid deliveries from Turkey and Iraq to millions of Syrian civilians.www.reuters.com
It is not about CW investigations. It is about imitations of investigations to produce falsified results without even expection of sites in question.If you don’t understand the point that Russia’s vetoes are about blocking CW investigations
Moscow proposed to leave the main crossing point with 85% of supplies volume. But this proposition was blocked by US/UK/France and others. There is no problem in supplies of humanitarian aid through dozens of crossing points. It is about the regime of special crossing point....and supplying humanitarian aid through UNSC approved crossings, you only need to say. Reducing the crossing points from six, to two and now none.
The main reason is the military conflict that continues in Syria.So thank rebels/insurgents/jihadists/terrorists for impossibility for millions to return.Of course aid can be supplied to Assad’s govt and they will undoubtedly cream off their percentage, if they even allow any to get through.
The millions of displaced in Turkey, Iraq and particularly Lebanon are not exactly returning to Assad’s govt controlled areas in their droves are they?