On Wednesday morning, Arab press touched upon the contrast between Russia and Damascus, and on Turkish interference in the region.
Al-Sharq al-Awsat: indications in Moscow of the worsening contrast with Damascus
The Arab newspapers issued this morning dealt with the Syrian issue on several issues, the most prominent of which was the difference between Moscow and Damascus, and in this context, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper said, "The Russian circles have followed the developments of the debates in Syria, in terms of exacerbating internal differences between parties that are the main centers of gravity on the one hand and towards The media campaign that has recently evolved and expanded, with a direct attack on President Vladimir Putin.
And pointed out experts spoke to them «Al-Sharq al-Awsat» yesterday, that the tone carried by the statement of People's Assembly member Khaled al-Aboud, who announced his refusal to apologize to Moscow, with the comments that followed by prominent personalities, and announced «his right to express his view», It reflects an assertion that these media messages were addressed and sponsored with parties in the Syrian leadership, and that they aimed to send an internal message primarily, stating that Damascus “responded” to the strong campaigns by Moscow against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
With Moscow sticking to silence about the latest developments and mutual media messages, Russian experts pointed out that the Russian media campaign “started to show the annoyance of a certain sector of businessmen due to the obstacles that the spread of corruption puts in front of expanding the volume of economic cooperation and directly impeding the activity of Russian companies”, but pointed out that this campaign quickly took on political dimensions, against the backdrop of "the growing Russian discomfort with the regime's procrastination in implementing many benefits, including the entitlement of the Constitutional Committee, as well as its attempt to obstruct the implementation of the Russian-Turkish agreements."
The sources suggested that more obvious developments will emerge in the coming period, after the beginning of the ebb of the corona pandemic, because "Russia is currently prioritizing to confront the pandemic.
This coincided with the emergence of comments indicating that everything that took place during the recent period of media campaigns in Russia against the regime «reflects the crystallization of the conviction of the Russian elites that there is no longer an option to proceed with the implementation of the Resolution (2,254), with all its details and its three articles related to political transition, the constitution and elections ».
According to these comments, practical experience showed that the adoption of the path of the constitution alone, on which Moscow depended, did not succeed due to the obstacles imposed by militants on both sides of the government and the opposition, and that leaving this closed circle is not possible without returning to the file of political transition, which does not necessarily mean the overthrow of the regime or declare the victory of the opposition. Rather, as stipulated in the international resolution, a common formula must be found between the regime and the opposition.
It was remarkable that the articles that sparked outrage in Damascus alluded to this directly, by emphasizing the study of several scenarios, all centered on the return to full implementation of Resolution 2,254.
Simultaneously, new comments have emerged in the Russian press about the recent Israeli strikes in Syria, which have taken on wider and more active dimensions than before, and Russian media have commented that air defense batteries are being suspended during the course of the Israeli strikes, in reference to «Russian understanding of the necessities curbing Iranian deployment in Syria.”
Analysts saw this, and in conjunction with the media campaigns against al-Assad, as a new indication by Moscow that "there is a change in some rules of dealing with the situation in Syria," according to a Russian commentator spoke to "Al-Sharq al-Awsat", but he in turn warned that this "does not mean The Kremlin decided to turn away from al-Assad, but it falls within the framework of reviewing all previous experience and adopting a path to advance the political settlement that Russia needed to start in Syria. The commenter again warned that Moscow is currently busy with the spread of the Corona pamdemic, which means not expecting « Rapid or dramatic coups »in its positions.
He drew attention, yesterday, regarding the recent Israeli attacks, that one of the commentators in a Russian newspaper wrote that “Russia turns a blind eye to Israel, and Syria is doing the same, and more can be said: Iran is technically able to respond to Israel, but it does not do so either, the same reasons are for everyone: None of the parties to the conflict wants Israel to throw all its resources into a war against Iran, Syria, and Russia on Syrian soil.
Al-Bayan: Gargash: The Five-Year Meeting is a balanced diplomatic message
Regarding Turkish moves in the region, Al-Bayan newspaper said, "His Excellency Ph.D. Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, confirmed that the meeting that took place the day before yesterday, and included the foreign ministers of France, Greece, Cyprus and Egypt alongside the UAE, a balanced diplomatic message, and an important platform against jungle laws.
He wrote in a tweet on Twitter: “The five-party meeting that brotherly Egypt called for and participated in by France, Greece, Cyprus and the UAE and the statement issued by it is a balanced diplomatic message, and the weight of the participating countries and their endeavor to enhance stability and the primacy of international law cannot be ignored.” His Excellency added: “An important platform established from While the language of international law prevails over the laws of the jungle.”
The meeting received a positive regional resonance, as the Libyan national forces welcomed the statement, which strongly condemned the Turkish military intervention in Libya, while the spokesman for the General Command of the Libyan Army, Major General Ahmed al-Mismari, considered that the five-year statement was a recognition of the legitimacy of the armed forces in their war against the Turkish invasion, and an affirmation of the right of Libyans In resisting the expansionist ambitions that Erdogan seeks to achieve through mercenary groups and terrorists, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, based in the east of the country, welcomed the joint statement and renewed its complete rejection of the two memoranda of understanding. In November 2019 between Turkey and the President of the Council Presidential Fayez al-Sarraj.
Observers believe that the five-year statement confused Erdogan's plans, as its issuance coincided with a readiness to expand the Turkish aggression by issuing threats to target national army units, allegedly in response to the bombing of diplomatic headquarters in which mercenary groups were involved, as well as with the preparation for the implementation of the attempt to attack again on al-Watiyah base.