A Successful step to Peace, a Failed Step to War
Last week witnessed two important events. The first is the signing of the Idleb Agreement in Sochi by Russia and Turkey based on Astana's formula. The second is the Zionist aggression on targets in the province of Latakia that led, among other losses, to downing of a Russian reconnaissance aircraft and the killing of 15 Russian military servicemen on board.
The Sochi Agreement has represented a new shift in the fourth De-escalation Zone (Idleb), for reducing tension and opening the way to advancement in the elimination of terrorism while protecting civilians and preventing their displacement at the same time. It also accelerates reaching the political solution by insisting on the formation of the Constitutional Commission, and commitment to Syria's unity and sovereignty. It also defused the tension heated by Americans and Westerners who are taking the possibility of using chemical weapons in Idlib as a pretext.
what the U.S. and their allies want in Idlib want can be summed in two main issues: First, to obstruct the end of terrorism in Idleb to prevent opening of the door for the next step, namely, solving the situation in East Euphrates and Tanf, where ending of the illegal U.S. military presence therein represents the main point in the solution. The second issue is disintegrating the Troika of Astana, by exploiting the contradictions caused by the Turkish situation, which would prolong the war in Syria.
This agreement proved that the forces of Astana are able to resolve differences among them and push the political solution in Syria in accordance with the UNSC Resolution 2254. This is what terrifies the Americans. What is most terrifying to them is the possibility of developing and upgrading the relationship between these parties, which increases their role and influence in a way that opens the door to the establishment of a regional system capable of solving all the problems in the region, and pushing the U.S. role to retreat further and further, as an expression of the new international balance of forces.
The Zionist aggression on Lattakia came hours after the announcement of the agreement, to show the horror of the forces hostile to the solution of the Syrian crisis. This aggression was carried out by the Zionists under the same previously repeated pretexts. This resulted in Russia to blame the Zionists as responsible for the downing of the plane, and the killing of the Russian soldiers on board, despite attempts to repudiate by officials in the Zionist entity.
The aggression in terms of its timing and the manner in which it was carried out refers to a number of facts:
1 – It is an American order to the Zionist entity after the removal of the U.S. pretext to carry out a military strike on the pretext of the possibility of using chemical weapons by the Syrian army, in the hope that this will lead to military and political repercussions impede the political solution, as happened in last April after the U.S. strike.
2 – It is a message expressing the U.S. rejection of the troika's role. What has been targeted is not only a Syrian (or Iranian) or Russian targets (the aircraft). What was actually targeted is the Troika in its entirety and its role.
3 – It is clear from this aggression, that the Zionist role was not limited to the air strikes or other of what is known. This behavior brings into the open the covered Zionist role in the preparation and implementation during the entire period along the Syrian crisis, and this puts on the table the need to put an end to the behavior of this entity. In terms of actual results, the agreement pushed the Syrian solution forward, while the aggression pushed the forces of war to a new impasse.
Kassioun Editorial, Issue No. 880, September 24, 2018