Syria‘s decision to cede control of its chemical weapons was the result of a Russian proposal, not the threat of US military intervention
Syria has applied to join the Chemical Weapons Convention, a UN spokesperson confirmed on Thursday in New York. The US is currently engaged in talks with Russia over the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons. Washington no longer poses a credible military threat, commentators say and see Russian President Vladimir Putin as the winner of the diplomatic struggle.
State news agency SANA said have come under attack by hackers
Vladimir Putin, 16 July 2013, Kremlin press service, public domain.
It?s not every day that the Russian President pens an opinion piece in the New York Times, but it happened yesterday, and the American blogosphere promptly lost it collective marbles, as tweeting journalists and surprised ordinary Internet users stumbled over each other to react. In the aftermath of local and regional elections, most Russian bloggers seem to be too preoccupied with domestic issues to take much interest in what Putin had to say to Americans.
Turkish government is set to finalize a comprehensive democratization package aiming to keep the Kurdish resolution process on track. The package is expected to be announced next week
The cuddliness of President Vladimir Putin?s op-ed in The New York Times brings to mind the west?s wartime image of another Russian leader
The long-run viability of Syria will depend on economic recovery, it will not be decided by military victory on whichever side.
The struggle for a diplomatic solution to the Syria crisis continues. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will meet today, Thursday, in Geneva to discuss conditions for the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons. Commentators criticise the West’s lack of assertiveness and cast doubts on the success of diplomacy.