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Russian troops are going to Syria?

2012-06-08 17:14

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The Ministry of Defence does not rule out that Russia's military may go to Syria. Details of the plan are being worked out with the joint headquarters of the Organization of Collective Security Treaty, as well as regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of Shanghai Cooperation Organization. This was told by the sources in the military department on condition of anonymity. Meanwhile, experts believe that the involvement of peacekeepers in resolving the conflict in Syria is possible if the situation in the country deteriorates.

"At some stage of escalation of the crisis (in Syria), we can speak of the need in peacekeepers in some terrible situation in the future. I think that until the situation doesn't aggravate, they can still use the reserve of the peace plan (of Kofi Annan)", the director of the Institute of Oriental Studies Vitaly Naumkin said during the presentation of the analytical report "Transformation in the Arab world and Russia's interests" of the International discussion club "Valdai".

At the same time the scientist stressed that it was "certainly not about such intervention, like it was in Libya".

Naumkin noted that a huge part of Syrian population still supports President Bashar al-Assad and, importantly, power structures remain on the side of government. "For the first time all of the power structure of the country firmly remain on the side of the regime. Army stands firm. And it's not the matter of the Alawites - they are still enjoying very large resources and certain solidarity of the majority of population and power", Naumkin said.

Another presentation participant, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Alexander Aksenenok has worked in the Middle East for many years. He also believes it is too early to speak about the peacekeeping intervention in Syria. "Peacekeepers are not necessary to stop the violence", Russian diplomat said.

He noted that if necessary, "Russia can establish a peacekeeping mission within a week - but only as part of a multinational group". "As a rule, the UN Security Council takes the decision on peacekeeping operations ... This takes a very long time. So it's too early to speak about it", Aksenenok said, RIA Novosti reported.

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