Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Trump card: How Russia decreed the fate of NATO officers caught in the basements of Aleppo

Sensational news about the seizure of NATO instructors in eastern Aleppo, voiced by the Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations on December 16, and then swollen into the press, with the effect of a bomb that exploded, smoothly came to naught.

Obviously, the suppression of this incredible incident took place after NATO and the Syrian coalition reached mutually beneficial agreements. Political analysts learned about what happened to the foreign instructors of militants from the North Atlantic Alliance.

In the middle of December, NATO's participation in the Syrian conflict was confirmed by vivid evidence in the form of one and a half hundred NATO officers. However, information about them came in the media is very dosed. The first list of 14 people was published on December 18 by President of the Aleppo Chamber of Commerce Fares Shehabi.

It was dominated by citizens of Saudi Arabia, but there was also one representative from the United States, Israel, Qatar, Morocco, and Turkey. Then this list increased to 17 people, and then grew as much as 110.

The capture of NATO instructors was the second in the practice of the Syrian Arab Army for all five years of the war in Syria. For the first time, luck smiled at the Syrians in February 2012 in Homs, when 40 Turkish and 20 French officers were captured in the rebel quarter of Baba Amr.

However, all of them, through the mediation of Lebanon, were returned to their national armies. Note that in both cases, Damascus met the international obligations of the Geneva Convention, which prohibits the publication of images of prisoners.

It is obvious that the case in eastern Aleppo is not the last, considering that there are over six thousand newly identified foreign mercenaries in Syria, and NATO military missions strive to move there from Iraq after Mosul is taken. However, the capture of NATO members caused such a resonance in the West that it forced the anti-Syrian allies from the Security Council (the United States, Britain, France) to urgently convene a meeting of the Council in order to hush up the conflict.

After all, NATO did not sanction the operation in eastern Aleppo. It was organized by the United States and was operated from the NATO base in Izmir from the territory of Turkey.

As early as December 18, France proposed a resolution on a monitoring mission to Aleppo, which met with a stiff rebuff from Russia. Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari of Syria saw in it an attempt by NATO members of the UN Security Council to ensure the safety of their commandos in eastern Aleppo and get them back, as well as "to deter terrorists in their intention to lay down their arms."

However, the resolution was adopted after the Russian amendment. A large-scale humanitarian operation began in Aleppo to raise the civilian population and 30,000 militants, during which Syrian intelligence succeeded in identifying another 1,500 fighters with 120,000 refugees.

The fate of NATO instructors told the director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East and Central Asia Semyon Bagdasarov in an interview with the radio "Vesti.FM." According to the military expert, Russia has made concessions to the West "in exchange for the withdrawal of women, children and wounded soldiers from two Shiite enclaves in Idlib," and "in the hope that this will give us the opportunity to sit down at the negotiating table in Astana, Sign an agreement and get a truce. "

"If we did not release them, the meeting in Astana would be in doubt," Bagdasarov said. In addition, the Syrian army needs a breather to gather strength for the final breakthrough in Idlib and Palmyra.

Thus, Russia did not start showing off from the captivity of NATO instructors in eastern Aleppo, which would give credence to the fact that for so long everyone knows. The participation of NATO, in particular, the United States, in the support of the militants of the terrorist groups "Islamic State" and "Front and Nusra", banned in Russia, has been repeatedly proved by numerous evidence.

Instead of exposing its "partners" in a bad light, the Russian leadership made a bid to save civilians and a peaceful settlement, counting on a long strategy in the Syrian war ...

Trump card: How Russia decreed the fate of NATO officers caught in the basements of Aleppo
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