Thursday, 8 January 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with US President Barack Obama (L) before the APEC Summit on November 11, 2014 (AFP Photo/Ria Novosti/Kremlin Pool/Presidential Press Service)

The White House-Kremlin position on Assad
"What’s curious about these Russian priorities is the extent to which they dovetail with White House talking points — especially post-Geneva II. After that conference went nowhere, the US emphasis shifted to fighting terrorism and a humanitarian cessation of hostilities. A year-end statement posted on the Facebook page of the US Embassy in Damascus perfectly illustrated this shift. The statement defined the US role as leading efforts “to meet humanitarian needs, defeat ISIL, and foster a peaceful resolution to the conflict.” Nothing in there about removing Assad."

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