Russia: Assad in power or the Middle East plunging in chaos

Russia: Assad in power or the Middle East plunging in chaos
Destruction casued by Assad regime airstrikes in Aleppo

Russia immediately responded when more than 50 diplomats in the US Department of State requested carrying out military attacks against Assad regime. Moscow considered that “the Middle East will be plunged in chaos if Assad falls.”

Russian media outlets reported Dmitry Peskov, the Press Secretary of the President of Russia, commenting on a letter received from the US Department of State that calls on carrying out aerial attacks against the Assad regime and the contribution to toppling it, as saying “Moscow can in no event sympathize with the calls to toppling a regime in another state through the use of force. It might lead to spreading total chaos in the Middle East.”

Regarding the accusations against Moscow of deliberately targeting the US-backed opposition fighters, Peskov claimed that there is a big problem that lies in the “cohesion and overlapping” between “moderate opposition” and “al-Nusra Front,” stating that it is difficult to differentiate between the two.

On her part, Maria Zakharova, the Russian Director of the Information and Press Department, claimed that her country does not count on the military solution to resolve the Syrian crisis. In regards to carrying out attacks against Assad regime, she stated that “It is not a secret for us that there are certain political powers in the US which are calling on a military solution to the crisis in Syria … However, that is not our method.”

The Wall Street Journal revealed that more than 50 officers in the US Department of State have severely criticised the US policy in Syria. They also called on the President Obama to carry out military attacks against Assad’s regime in order to push him to stop the continuous violations of the ceasefire in Syria.

These developments come two days after the US Secretary of State John Kerry gave a strong warning to Russia and Assad calling for the need to respect the cessation of hostilities, highlighting that Washington’s patience is “very limited.”