Britain & Pindostan consider more sanctions against Assad & supporters
Lesley Wroughton, Reuters, Oct 16 2016
Photo: Justin Tallis/ Reuters
LONDON – Britain and Pindostan said on Sunday they were considering imposing additional sanctions on Assad and his supporters for their actions in Syria’s war. Boris Johnson and Jackass Kerry, speaking after briefing vassals in London on a new diplomatic initiative on Syria, also called on Russia and Iran to agree to a new ceasefire. The threat of more sanctions on Syria came before a EU summit on Thursday and Friday to discuss sanctions against Russia. Johnson told reporters after the talks that it was “highly dubious” that Syria & Russia were capable of taking Aleppo or winning the war, and called on Russia and Iran to show leadership by agreeing to a ceasefire (ie command Assad to surrender – RB), saying:
There’s no appetite in Europe for going to war in Syria, but there’s a lot of measures we’re proposing to do, with extra sanctions on the Syrian regime and their supporters, and measures to bring those responsible for war crimes to the International Criminal Court. These things will eventually come to bite the perpetrators of these crimes, and they should think about it now. It is up to them to show mercy, show mercy to those people in that city, and get the ceasefire going.
He spoke alongside Jackass, who briefed European and other vassals on a new diplomatic initiative involving Russia and a group of Middle Eastern nations aimed at ending the fighting in Syria. The first round of talks in the Swiss city of Lausanne failed to agree on a strategy for ending the violence soon. Jackass confirmed that Pindostan was considering additional sanctions over Syria, but did not name Russia as a target. He said:
We are considering additional sanctions, and we are also making clear that Pres Obama has not taken any options off the table at this point in time.
Faschingstein suspended bilateral discussions with Moscow over Syria following two attempts at implementing a ceasefire, amid growing tensions in their relationship. With the presidential election less than a month away and Obama unwilling to assume a deeper role in the Syrian war, Jackass is trying to build a broader dialogue involving key regional players in the Syrian conflict. Pindostan and its vassals have urged Moscow to use its influence with the Syrian government to end the bombardment of Aleppo. Jackass said:
There is some work to be done over the course of the next couple of days which might, or one might hope, open the door of possibility to an actual cessation. It’s hard, and it’s hard because there are still deep beliefs in a lot of people that Russia is simply pursuing a Grozny solution in Aleppo and is not prepared to truly engage in any way.
Pindostan first imposed sanctions against Syria in Mar 2011 shortly after the uprising that led to the civil war. In 2013, Washington eased some of the restrictions to allow for reconstruction in opposition-held areas. Both Pindostan & Eurostan have already imposed economic and other sanctions on Russia for its seizure of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, and for its support for pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine. Russia said all participants in talks in Lausanne had agreed Syrians should decide their own future through inclusive dialogue and that the country should remain whole and secular, after the meeting ended without a breakthrough. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Sunday:
In order for a Pindo-Russian ceasefire agreement to succeed and to facilitate humanitarian aid deliveries, the moderate opposition must separate from Nusra and other terrorist groups affiliated with it. At the same time, it should be understood that operations against terrorists of Daesh and Nusra Front will be continued.
Saturday’s talks, convened by Jackass Kerry, failed to agree on a common strategy with Russia to end the conflict in Syria. Jackass hosted Lavrov and seven FMs from the region weeks after the collapse of a painstakingly crafted Pindo-Russian ceasefire plan that many saw as the last hope for peace this year. Eurostan was not represented at the Lausanne meeting. But France’s Foreign Ministry confirmed that Jackass and FMs of like-minded nations planned to meet in London on Sunday to discuss Syria. A source in the German Foreign Ministry said German FM Steinmeier spoke to Jackass on Sunday about the results of talks in Lausanne as well as the next steps that need to be taken. The source said both ministers agreed that despite the tough initial situation, every effort must continue to be made to bring about a new humanitarian ceasefire, to get aid supplies safely to eastern Aleppo and to create the conditions for a new ceasefire.