Questions You Should be Asking the World Around You
With several choice words, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova delivers a powerful message.
“He [Obama] had received a credit [of trust] to perform a particular job as the head of the country, which declares itself an international leader,” Zakharova said. “[Obama] now needs to do everything possible to somehow influence something, and somehow inscribe himself in the history of international relations, as long as the international community has issued him with such a credit [of trust]. He needs to report but there is nothing to report. Almost everything that he stated on the foreign policy direction, did not play out.”
“Unfortunately, this is the trouble of the modern world, where the largest and most powerful empire uses international relations and international platforms for addressing internal issues, political processes and ambitions. It is our misfortune. We are all hostages to it,” Zakharova said.
Not diplomacy but “shaping public opinion” is what drives American behavior on international platforms such as the United Nations, Zakharova said, calling such an approach an “online reality show” demonstrated to audiences to influence their opinion of US politicians. Zhakharova called Power’s attack on Churkin following the American strike on Syrian army positions a “part of the show.”
The show is there to “distract attention” America’s inability to fulfill its obligations, Zakharova said. “You need to explain to the world why the Syrian settlement is not moving on, why the year-long efforts are now negated. Who’s to blame? Russia.”
Claiming that no one is buying this “wag the dog” approach, Zhakharova stressed that battling terrorism calls for an “adequate action,” namely combining efforts with Russia on Syria.
“Now it has come to this critical moment – either they fulfill their obligations, or the [peace] process can really slow down seriously,” the diplomat stressed, reiterating Lavrov’s comments to Kerry earlier in the day.
“But who are they that we have to prove something to them?” the diplomat wondered. “It is they who have to prove [their commitment], after destroying Iraq, Libya, walking all over the Middle East with their boots, breaking all conceivable laws of existence in the region.”
“It is they who have to prove the sincerity of their intentions with regard to Syria …that they see this state as a state, not some colony or some kind of black hole,” she said.
This appears to be in response to statements made earlier by Former Rear Admiral, and now US State Dept Spokesperson, John Kirby:
“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,”
“more Russian lives will be lost, more Russian aircraft will be shot down.”
John Kirby’s statement wasn’t received very well by Russia because of the fact that Syrian rebels, and by proxy, ISIS, are financially backed by US ally Saudi Arabia. Heavy weapons and arms are also supplied to ISIS through American channels.
“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.
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