G20 Puts On "Security Uniform"
Heads of State and Governments of the G20 will start arriving in Turkey late evening November 14, to participate next summit. It will be held November 15-16 at the fashionable resort of Belek 15 kilometers away from the Turkish resort of Antalya.
Some Russian newspapers even called the summit in Belek not "economic", but "one of security". Syrian crisis settlement, fighting ISIS, influx of refugees and illegal immigrants in the EU - these are the three dominant themes.
Engaging in purely "economic exercises" against the background of these global crises would mean utter irresponsibility for the leaders of the G20. Moreover, the vast majority of all participants are included either into Western coalition, which for over a year has been unsuccessfully bombing Syria and pretends to fight ISIS, or participate in negotiations launched in Vienna on the Syrian settlement.
Although it has not yet officially confirmed the meeting of US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to happen on the sidelines of the summit. The Russian President will also meet with the head of China Xi Jinping, Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, British Prime Minister David Cameron.
A couple of days before the meeting in Belek Western press reported that Moscow has allegedly presented a new plan for the settlement in Syria at the talks in Vienna (the next round will be held in the upcoming weekend) comprised of 8 points.
According to the document, allegedly in possession of Reuters, the Syrian government and the opposition have 18 months to agree on constitutional reform, to hold early elections afterwards. According to the plan, "popularly elected president of Syria will serve as chief of the armed forces, and will head security services and foreign policy."
Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry has not confirmed the information about the existence of an official Russian plan of the Syrian settlement. Russia simply shares its thoughts on how to proceed with resolving the conflict and Moscow has no rigid plan. This was stated by Michael Bogdanov, Deputy Foreign Minister for Middle East and African countries. The existance of such a plan was also denied by the spokesman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
Russia spoke and said that Assad is the only guarantor of stability, and by the way, is absolutely right in the fact that there is no alternative to Assad that his opponents can offer. A unified Syrian opposition does not exist, as there is no single leader, nor views on the future of the country. So Assad's ousting would mean the coming to power of people who simply can not take it, which will lead to a new round of civil war and complete chaos for all regions of the country. Or worse still the seize of power by cannibals from ISIS or "al-Qaeda", which would mean spread of war out of Iraq and Syria borders and the chaos in countries of the region.
For Moscow, it is how to differ "moderate" and "immoderate" oppositioners from one another, "moderate" and "immoderate" sniper bullets, how to distinguish a landmine laid by jihadists from exactly the same, but laid by the fighters of the so-called "moderate" opposition?
Kremlin initially proceeded from the fact that any attempt to flirt with terrorists, and even more so to arm them not simply short-sighted, but "flammable."
After Russia launched its air operations against ISIS, US and EU's position is much relaxed now and the immediate resignation of Assad seems to be no longer required. In Belek, Russia would like to learn "first hand" how seriously its partners want to cease the Syrian bloodshed.