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Russia Complains about Washington's Resort to Threats


October 6, 2016
RT News

Russian FM Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova hit back at her US counterpart John Kirby, who warned that terrorist attacks may take place in Russia if the civil war continues in Syria. Former CIA deputy director Michael Morell -- a Clinton backer -- has said that Russians and Iranians in Syria should be killed covertly to "pay the price." US State Department spokesperson John Kirby warned that if the war in Syria continues, "Russian lives will be lost, more Russian aircraft will be shot down."

https://www.rt.com/news/361032-zakharova-kirby-syria-body-bags-attacks/

US Talk of 'Attacks in Russia, Body Bags, Downing Jets' Sounds Like 'Get 'em' Call
RT News

(September 29, 2016) -- Russian FM Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova hit back at her US counterpart John Kirby, who warned that terrorist attacks may take place in Russia if the civil war continues in Syria. His remark sounds like a call to "get 'em," she noted.

"Extremist groups will continue to exploit the vacuums that are there in Syria to expand their operations, which could include attacks against Russian interests, perhaps even Russian cities. Russia will continue to send troops home in body bags, and will continue to lose resources, perhaps even aircraft," US State Department spokesperson John Kirby told reporters at Wednesday's press briefing, adding that if the war in Syria continues "more Russian lives will be lost, more Russian aircraft will be shot down."



Kirby's words didn't go unnoticed by the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson.

"And those [acts of terrorism] will be perpetrated by 'moderate' [Syrian opposition groups]?" Zakharova asked in her Facebook post. "Just the ones that Washington has been unable to separate from Al-Nusra for as long as six months?"

"[What about] Terrorist attacks in France, America and other countries; the beheadings of people of all nationalities by Islamic State militants in Syria -- is this all kind of a different paradigm? Perhaps another 'parallel reality?'

"Don't you think that such ventriloquism about 'body bags,' 'terrorist attacks in Russian cities' and 'loss of aircraft,' sounds more like a 'get 'em' command, rather than a diplomatic comment?" Zakharova concluded.

On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry held a telephone conversation during which the latter threatened to halt all cooperation between Moscow and Washington, aimed at stopping Syria's civil war, unless Moscow and Damascus ended the current attack on East Aleppo.

"We are working through steps that we might have to take to begin to suspend our engagement with Russia on Syria. We haven't taken those steps yet," Kirby said. "The message to the [Russian] Foreign Minister today was that we are perfectly willing and able to move forward on those steps that would end with the suspension of US-Russia bi-lateral engagement in Syria," he added.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Thursday that the US statements on the suspension of cooperation with Russia on Syria amount to blackmail.

"It's a policy of threats and blackmail, aimed at imposing solutions favorable to US and its clients," Ryabkov told RIA Novosti. "It's impossible to reach a settlement and stabilization on such basis. But there's no winning love by force. We have our own approach and principles," he added.

Lavrov told Kerry that the US has long promised to separate the rebels from terrorists, citing a recent interview of an Al-Nusra commander, revealing how the group is receiving outside support, including American weapons. He also told Kerry that a number of US-backed groups are working side by side with the Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front.

During the press briefing, Kirby said the US has "influence over some of the [rebel] groups but not all."

"There are other nations that have influence. We have admitted that not all opposition groups on every single day have abided by it, and we have continued to work with them on that," Kirby pointed out.

'Kill Russians and Iranians, Threaten Assad,'
Says ex-CIA Chief Backing Clinton




Former CIA deputy director Michael Morell, who supports Hillary Clinton and insists that Donald Trump is being manipulated by Russian President Vladimir Putin, said that Russians and Iranians in Syria should be killed covertly to "pay the price."



Russian MoD:
We're Ready for Syria Dialogue with US,
But Threats against our Military Unacceptable

RT News

(September 29, 2016) -- Russia is fully ready to continue the dialogue with the US regarding joint actions to combat terrorists in Syria, the Russian Ministry of Defense has said. It stressed, however, that this is only possible if Washington abstains from "any hints of threats to Russia's military and citizens."

The statement came in response to comments made by US State Department spokesperson John Kirby at a press briefing on Wednesday. Kirby said that if the war in Syria continues, "more Russian lives will be lost, more Russian aircraft will be shot down" as "extremist groups will continue to exploit the vacuums that are there in Syria to expand their operations, which could include attacks against Russian interests, perhaps even Russian cities."

Speaking on Thursday, Russian Ministry of Defense spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said: "Once again we declare that we are fully prepared to continue the dialogue with the American side and carry on with the joint actions to combat terrorists in Syria."

"However, even the slightest hints of a threat to our soldiers and Russian citizens must be excluded from this dialogue. The matter of safety of Russian citizens, wherever they may be, is not up for bargaining. It is our main and unconditional priority," the spokesman stressed.

Washington, which supports the so-called 'moderate opposition' in Syria, has previously promised to separate rebels from the Al-Nusra Front terrorist organization, but has not yet lived up to that obligation.

Regarding Kirby's "threat of potential losses" to Russia in Syria, Konashenkov pointed out that Moscow is well aware of the whereabouts of American "experts involved in operational planning and supervision of the militants' actions."

Russian FM Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova hit back at her US counterpart John Kirby, who warned that terrorist attacks may take place in Russia if the civil war continues in Syria. His remark sounds like a call to "get 'em," she noted.

"Extremist groups will continue to exploit the vacuums that are there in Syria to expand their operations, which could include attacks against Russian interests, perhaps even Russian cities. Russia will continue to send troops home in body bags, and will continue to lose resources, perhaps even aircraft," US State Department spokesperson John Kirby told reporters at Wednesday's press briefing, adding that if the war in Syria continues "more Russian lives will be lost, more Russian aircraft will be shot down."

Kirby's words didn't go unnoticed by the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson.

"And those [acts of terrorism] will be perpetrated by 'moderate' [Syrian opposition groups]?" Zakharova asked in her Facebook post. "Just the ones that Washington has been unable to separate from Al-Nusra for as long as six months?"

"[What about] Terrorist attacks in France, America and other countries; the beheadings of people of all nationalities by Islamic State militants in Syria -- is this all kind of a different paradigm? Perhaps another 'parallel reality?'



(August 10, 2016) -- Former CIA deputy director Michael Morell, who supports Hillary Clinton and insists that Donald Trump is being manipulated by Russian President Vladimir Putin, said that Russians and Iranians in Syria should be killed covertly to 'pay the price.'


Former CIA Contractor -- 'US Has Always
Been Main Sponsor of Islamic State' --

RT News

(September 29, 2016) -- The US claim that Russian troops will go home in body bags if Moscow doesn't end its Aleppo offensive is absurd, former CIA contractor Steven Kelley told RT. He said Russia is the only answer to defeating ISIS. Other experts also weigh in on the subject.

When asked about State Department spokesperson John Kirby's warning that Russia "will continue to send troops home in body bags" if it doesn't put an end to the offensive, Kelley said Washington is pretending to be fighting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) when it isn't doing so at all.

"The US has always been the main sponsor and creator of Daesh (Arabic acronym for IS), so this charade that they are having anything to do with fighting Daesh in Syria is completely a farce, and I think the rest of the world is smart enough to realize that everything that comes out of the mouth of John Kirby or any of the State Department personnel is complete and utter balderdash," Kelley said.

He advised Russian President Vladimir Putin to focus on "getting the job done," as Russia is the only way IS will be defeated in Syria.

"Russia should sever all relations, and if I had anything to advise Mr. Putin, I would say get the job done, stop participating in any of these peace agreements and destroy Daesh and get the job over with," he said.

"The US is not going to do anything to help removing (sic) Daesh and is going to do everything possible to reconstruct, rearm, and resupply, and put more personnel into the field. So everything they say is a lie, and Putin really needs to stop playing games with the US State Department and get the job done."

Kelley went on to credit Russia for getting involved in Syria when it did, stating that the country would have been "completely overrun" by now if it didn't.

"One can only hope that [Russia] will be resolute, they will finish the job, they will stop being distracted by these fake calls for ceasefires," he said.

Meanwhile, political analyst Chris Bambery slammed the US for failing to realize that there is no separation between moderate rebels and militants on the ground.

"The Americans can't on the one hand say they want to fight Daesh -- the so-called Islamic State -- but at the same time be supporting rebel groups like al-Nusra Front, and there is no separation between moderate rebels and jihadists on the ground. They are there together, fighting alongside each other, and in fact the jihadists make up the majority. Much of the arms provided and the recruits trained by the West . . . have gone over to those groups," Bambery told RT.

"It's strange to me that America can be almost in alliance with a group which is an affiliate of the organization that carried out the 9/11 attacks in Washington and New York. This does not seem a coherent policy."

Referring to Washington's threat of severing ties with Russia when it comes to Syria, Bambery said the situation is equivalent to a child "throwing their toys out of the pram," adding that Washington needs Moscow to achieve a successful outcome in the war-torn country via a political process.

"They need the Russians to make a deal over Syria. They need them to bring Assad, as they did, to the table, and to kick off the talks," he said, adding that US Secretary of State John Kerry "doesn't seem to be actually capable to [rising] to the challenge of Syria, and bringing home an agreement which can end the civil war."

Jeff Steinberg, senior editor of the Executive Intelligence Review, agreed that the US is failing to differentiate between rebel groups and militants.

"The US does not differentiate between the rebel groups they're backing, with the exception of ISIS . . . When Kirby says there's going to be Russians going to be going home in body bags and terrorism taking place on Russian soil, I have to scratch my head and say, 'is this a threat coming from a government that's actually backing groups like al-Nusra?'"

Reminding that al-Nusra is a branch of Al-Qaeda, Steinberg said: "We seem to have forgotten every lesson learned from 9/11, and we're back in bed with the same forces who carried out those hideous attacks."

When it comes to Kerry's call for another ceasefire in Syria, Bambery says that his demand is impossible, as trust has to be rebuilt following the recent happenings.

"Confidence has to be rebuilt, the parties have to be brought back together again, in the way that we got that ceasefire in the first place. And rather than hectoring Russia, rather than hectoring what they seem to regard as opponents in this, they need to be working together to bring back that trust, to bring back the people around the table, where we can get that ceasefire going. And this is not a way of going about it . . . " he concluded.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.



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