Wednesday, 21. February 2018

It has been pointed out that certain Russian citizens in Syria have arrived there of their own free will and for different reasons. The Foreign Ministry does not have the authority to assess the validity and legality of their decisions.

At the same time, we have the following to say, considering that the issue concerns Russian citizens outside Russia.

On February 13, Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov received Secretary-General of the Syrian National Youth Party for Justice and Development Berwin Ibrahim.

They exchanged views on developments in Syria with emphasis on the need for an urgent political settlement of the crisis and the final eradication of terrorism in Syria.

According to incoming information, Israeli aircraft delivered several missile strikes at targets in Syria, including those at the border of the southwestern de-escalation zone, in the night and morning of February 10. Syrian losses and material damage are being specified. Reports say one Israeli military aircraft was shot down in the area of the Golan Heights.

SANADamascus, SANA-The army air defense confronted a new Israeli aggression on one of the military positions in the central area and hit more than one aircraft.

A military source told SANA that the Israeli enemy on Saturday dawn launched a new aggression against one of the military bases in the central area, and the army air defense confronted the aggression and hit more than one aircraft.

The humanitarian situation in Syria remains difficult. Given these circumstances, Russia continues to deploy multidimensional efforts to provide aid to the civilian population, both by directly bringing in humanitarian supplies, and facilitating the work of international humanitarian bodies.

In this context, we paid attention to a statement issued by the UN agencies in Syria released on February 6 regarding the humanitarian situation in a number of areas, including Afrin, Hasakah, Raqqa, Idlib, Rukban camp, and Eastern Ghouta, with a call for a month-long break in hostilities in order to deliver humanitarian aid and evacuate wounded and sick people.

We reproduce statements by Communist and Workers' Parties regarding the military operation of the Turkish troops in northwestern Syria

Communist Party of Greece (KKE): 

In a statement regarding the developments in Syria the Press Office of the CC of the KKE condemns the military operation of Turkey on Syrian grounds, under the phony name "Olive Branch".

tkpSpecial interview by soL with Kemal Okuyan the GS of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) on Turkish Government's Afrin operation

The General Secretary of the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP), Kemal Okuyan, answered the questions of soL news regarding Afrin operation.

soL: Do you think that Afrin operation can resolve the political situation in Syria? In other words, can it bring about a process that could terminate for good the ongoing Syrian war which already seems to have lost pace compared to the previous years?

Kemal Okuyan: Syria was the last stop of the wave of Arab Spring. [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan’s Neo-Ottoman Project and Arab Spring constituted a whole, and together they ran into a stone wall in Syria. The resistance of the people of Syria should not be underestimated. Russia played a role in the equation only after Syria proved its resilience. Thus the crisis in Syria transitioned on to a new phase. Today Syria has become an arena of rivalry for the hegemonic forces. It seems that neither the US nor Russia is able to impose its strategy on the other. Until very recently, the US was the play-maker while Russia kept reacting to the offensive moves of the US. Russia felt the need to develop its own strategy at a certain point, and now it’s the US’s turn to react. The disruptive activities of the US and Russia in Syria create some vacuum, and that’s why AKP [Turkey's ruling party] had the chance to revise and act on its plans in Syria. Getting back to the question, I believe that Afrin operation cannot solve the political situation in Syria. It can only make it more complicated.

German Communist PartyThe German Communist Party (DKP) issued a statement on the ongoing military operation of Turkish army and its allies in northern Syria, condemning the invasion and addressing its solidarity with the victims of this attack.

Following the military operation of Turkey in Northern Syria started on 20th of January, German Communist Party condemned th with a statementUS imperialism and its allies.

In the statement DKP points the “Regime-Change” politics of EU and Germany in Syria and demands immediate withdrawal of their troops from the region. The statement from the Secretariat of the Executive Committe of DKP reads: “From the beginning, the escalation has been heated by US-imperialism and its regional and European allies. Through political, financial and military support of armed groups and jihadi Terror-organisations, Syria has been broken up. Some of these militias such as “Free Syrian Army” are now fighting alongside with Turkish Army against northsyrian Kurds in Afrin.

Whatever reason the AKP government and its leader who desires “to perform his pray in Damascus” state for todays operation, it serves the imperialist plans which aim to divide Syria for various interests. Syria must be cleared of imperialist projects, interest conflicts between big powers and the fundamentalist powers of the region.

It is the Syrian people who will do this.

After being drawn into a civil war which was triggered by the imperialist projects and activated almost all the reactionary veins of the region, Syria now is turned into an arena for the bloody games of the powers of the region, large and small.

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