Syria War: G7 fails to impose sanctions on Russia after “chemical attack”

Hawaii Intelligence Digest, 12 April 2017, 03:40 hrs, UTC, Post #168.

Source:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39565700

Author:  BBC.

Accessed on 12 April 2017, 03:40 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

The G7 countries have decided not to impose sanctions on The Russian Federation after a reported chemical attack against a small town in Syria by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.  Italy’s foreign minister said the G7 group “did not want to back Russia into a corner and preferred dialogue.”

Following his appearance at the G7 summit, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson left for a series of top-level meetings with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin concerning the worsening situation in Syria.  Tillerson stated that Assad “could not play a part of the country’s future…”  Syria denied that its aircraft dropped the sarin nerve agent on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun, killing at least 80 civilians.  Shortly after making the announcement, U.S. warships fired 59 cruise missiles at the air base believed responsible for the chemical attack.

Opinion:

Secretary of State Tillerson will find a chilly welcome in Moscow.  Russia will not make concessions in the Syrian Civil War as long as it supports Bashar al-Assad.  The real problem will come when Assad either resigns, is killed , or is convinced to leave Syria.  The departure of Assad will leave a huge political vacuum to be filled, with Russia and Iran eager to reshape the region to fit their political priorities.  Russia already has a sizeable naval and air presence in Syria, and appears unwilling to give them up.  The United States has little leverage in the area, now that the G7 has shown a preference for appeasement.

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