Russia Warns Obama's "Two-Faced" Strategy In Syria Will Lead To "Huge Escalation In Middle East & Africa"

Tyler Durden's picture

If the West bombs Islamic State militants in Syria without consulting Damascus, LiveLeak reports that the anti-ISIS alliance may use the occasion to launch airstrikes against President Bashar Assad’s forces, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Clearly comprehending that Obama's new strategy against ISIS in Syria is all about pushing the Qatar pipeline through (as was the impetus behind the 2013 intervention push), Russia is pushing back noting that the it is using ISIS as a pretext for bombing Syrian government forces and warning that "such a development would lead to a huge escalation of conflict in the Middle East and North Africa."


As LiveLeak reports,

“There are reasons to suspect that air strikes on Syrian territory may target not only areas controlled by Islamic State militants, but the government troops may also be attacked on the quiet to weaken the positions of Bashar Assad’s army,” Lavrov said Tuesday. Such a development would lead to a huge escalation of conflict in the Middle East and North Africa, Lavrov told reporters in Moscow after a meeting with the foreign minister of Mali.


Moscow is urging the West to respect international law and undertake such acts only with the approval of the legitimate government of a state, Lavrov said.


“Not a single country should have its own plans on such issues. There can be only combined, collective, univocal actions. Only this way can a result be achieved,” he said.



Russia has long warned its western partners about the threat posed by Islamic State, al-Qaeda and other groups that later merged into the Islamic Front, Lavrov said.


“We have repeatedly suggested to the US, the EU and leading European states to realize the extent of this threat. We have called on the UN to resolutely condemn terrorist attacks staged by Islamists in Syria. But we were told that it was Bashar Assad’s politics that gave rise to terrorism, and that denouncing such acts was possible only alongside with the demand for his resignation,” Lavrov said.


In Moscow’s view, this represents “a double standard” and an attempt to justify terrorism.


Up until the Syrian conflict, Russia and the West were unanimous that terrorism cannot be justified “no matter what motive was behind them,” Lavrov said. But in case with Syria the West had a “different, two-faced stance.”


It was only when the terrorism threat which originated in Libya crept to Lebanon and then Iraq that Western countries realized it was time to deal with that, Lavrov said.


“Having admitted it with a huge delay, western partners for some reason think that this threat should be eliminated on the territory of Iraq, while on the territory of Syria it might be left to the consideration of those who conduct the operation,” Lavrov said.


The US agreed its airstrikes against Islamic State militants on Iraqi territory with Baghdad, Lavrov said. However, “it was rumored... no such permission was required from the government of Syria because they claim ‘Assad should resign and his regime should be overthrown’.” Lavrov said that there could be no different interpretation when it comes to the common interests of the West, Russia and other states: “Terrorist threats must be eliminated and terrorists liquidated,” he said.

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Of course - what this is all really about is the Qatar pipeline...

Specifically, the issue at hand is the green part of the proposed pipeline: as explained above, it simply can't happen as long as Russia is alligned with Assad.

So there you have it: Qatar doing everything it can to promote bloodshed, death and destruction by using not Syrian rebels, but mercenaries: professional citizens who are paid handsomely to fight and kill members of the elected regime (unpopular as it may be), for what? So that the unimaginably rich emirs of Qatar can get even richer. Although it is not as if Russia is blameless: all it wants is to preserve its own strategic leverage over Europe by being the biggest external provider of natgas to the continent through its own pipelines. Should Nabucco come into existence, Gazpromia would be very, very angry and make far less money!

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No wonder Putin is pissed - Obama has (for now) got his way from a year ago in Syria...blowback coming soon.

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Pinto Currency's picture



Partitioning Russia after WW III:


A threat to humanity and, if true, an indication of insanity combined with narcissism in the political elite.

Overfed's picture

Nukes will fly long before any of that ever comes to fruition. Then the maps will drawn on animal skins.

y3maxx's picture




hobopants's picture

I admire your manly use of caps lock. +1

NotApplicable's picture

Maybe he's hoping the headline algos will pick up on it?


Keyser's picture

Quite easy for the US to wage war against a force that has no air power... That may change if Oblamo's push includes taking out Assad... I think the US has pushed Russia and Putin about as far as they can without a nasty backlash... 

BraveSirRobin's picture

Assad has no air power. He would be foolish to use what little he has left to combat US fighters. 

Anusocracy's picture

Only total fools don't realize that the US is the world's number one terrorist.

WhackoWarner's picture

I agree to a degree.  But look at puppetmasters of all of Washington.  IMF, World Bank.  CFR and endless worthless humanoids behind the scenes..US is the terrorist, The number one idiot bully on the block.  A small sacrifice for the smaller good of preserving very dusty old wallets of power.

So what if 300 millions starve?  Shite.  Pour another gin and tonic Lizzy.  Order up another altar boy.

Paveway IV's picture

Qatari knuckle-draggers are going to be plenty pissed off when Syria is pacified and Israel starts pumping the Leviathan gas through the Syrian part of the pipeline.


Qatar: "Hey, Israel... We funded al Nusra and al Qaeda to crush Assad. That's OUR pipeline"

Israel: "Fuck off. We want it for our gas."

Qatar: "That's not fair. We spent millions on AK-47s and amphetamines in order to steal that pipeline."

Israel: "We sent our American bitches to actually take posession of it, and we got our Jordanian bitches to connect to it. It's ours - God said so."

Qatar: "Then we will have to fund al Qaeda and al Nusra to crush Israel. How about that?"

Israel: "Al Qaeda and al Nusra really work for us, and we will nuke your anti-Semetic holocaust-denying ass back to the stone ages if you touch the pipeline."

Qatar: "Really?"

Israel: "Hell no, but don't tell the U.S. that otherwise those bitches will start whining about all their God damn dead troops and expensive wars for Israel. Next thing you know, they'll start complaining about giving us free money. See what I mean?"

Qatar: "I guess so. But couldn't you pump a little Qatari gas through the Syrian pipeline, too?"

Israel: "Oh, I'm sure we can work someting out. Got any gold?"

COSMOS's picture

Russia should take the exact dialogue that the USA has used against Syria verbatum and issue it regarding Qatar and Saudi Arabia.  It should put the USA on notice that should any air strikes occur against the Syrian govt it will likewise respond with air or missile strikes against the Qatar and Saudi Arabian regimes which have been sponsoring the terrorists behind the Beslan massacres and others in Russia.

X.inf.capt's picture


this is really starting to suck...

anyone who wants a war...should be made to ENLIST!!!


Elvis the Pelvis's picture

Putin's worried about that warm water port.  He's a rat-bastard.  If he's shitting his pants, then that's all the proof I need.

LetThemEatRand's picture

He doesn't wear pants.  He's a centaur.

Pinto Currency's picture



First goal is to create chaos in the MENA region so that Western and Western-alligned powers and israel, Qatar, etc. can play and seize assets.

ISIS etc financed, equipped, trained,by US, UK, Israel, Saudi, Qatar, etc.

zhandax's picture

Pinto, hold that thought.  "chaos in the MENA region"  Looking at the map above, it occurs to me that the only way an above-ground pipeline is cheaper than an undersea pipeline is if it is surrounded by a relatively stable government.  If they want a pipeline across Syria, Assad has to be replaced with something.  The something at hand (IS) is the furthest thing from 'stable'.  Wonder what the real pipe-dream is here?  Keep in mind an undersea pipeline in two years will produce income much faster and ultimately be cheaper than an above ground pipeline 10 years from now regardless of who buys the bullets.

Paveway IV's picture

Fake ISIL was created to bleed Assad, not replace him. Israel has no intention of relying on the Syrian pipeline to any great degree - they'll simply use it if it's available. It's way more important for them to control the taps, regardless of where the gas comes from or where it's going.

Controlling the taps is exactly why Israel is so bent on the economic islolation, bleeding and eventual destruciton of Russia.

Russia is the only country that has consistently interferred with Israel's goals, including Israel's desire to monopolize Eastern Mediterranian gas supplies. The Leviathan reservoir extends all the way up through Lebanon and almost to Latikia.  

This is where your thinking is flawed, zhandax:

"...Keep in mind an undersea pipeline in two years will produce income much faster and ultimately be cheaper than an above ground pipeline 10 years from now regardless of who buys the bullets..."

I don't think the math is nearly that clear, but the underlying assumption in your statement above is "No competition". Try telling that to the Russian gas majors developing those fields and building their own much cheaper/shorter pipeline to Ceyhan. It won't make Israel's gas worthless, but the payback on a separate, second Israeli pipeline just jumped out a few decades.

Israel needs to monopolize Eastern Medditeranian gas to make their expensive pipeline worth building. The only way they're going to do that is to destroy the ability of Russia to develop Lebanese and Syrian gas fields and prevent them from building a Russian pipeline. Israel is doing that right now through their bribed U.S. and E.U. politicians and endless sanctions/proxy wars they promote against Russia.

Putin isn't a fool - he knows exactly what Israel is up, and he knows perfectly well that dual-citizen Israeli-firster U.S. congressmen will gladly bring us to the brink of WWIII to guarantee Israel's monopoly and future gas profits. 

The Limerick King's picture



Our Syria plan had delays

A fact for which Russia now pays

But bombs will soon drop

With our new ISIS prop

A cat can be skinned several ways

Pinto Currency's picture



Zhandax - creation of chaos is first required to effectively control.

First they have to smash these areas, then seize the zones they like seems to be the pattern.

Calmyourself's picture

No Congressman or Senator should be able to authorize war unless at least first cousin or if alive a son or daughter is enlisted in combat arms MOS..

jballz's picture

Because that's what he planned I. 2001

Joe Tierney's picture

George W. Bush predicting something is like Alien Greenspam "predicting" something - the damn morons set up all the circumstances and created the predicted bad outcomes.

Maxter's picture

Russia gave Assad some good anti air units (S-300 or 400).

The U-S could face some serious loses.

karutzar's picture

Wrong. Few months ago Rossia delivered to Syria SS 20 (or whatever number was) anti-craft air missile. So, the bombs will not fly around as it was in Libya's case. Plus Syria have Mig-29 fighters - equivalent to F-16 (the best so far US made fighter). Plus - russians will provide satellite info for the movement of us sh*ts around.

SafelyGraze's picture

"..Huge Escalation In Middle East & Africa.."

is big joke on russias!

because, escalations will being bankrupt soviet emperor!

and then we are seeing who is not a bathing suits!!!

ron reagan's missile defense shield


hobopants's picture

Oh dear, you forgot the /sarc tag.

zhandax's picture

That needs a /sarc tag?

USisCorrupt's picture

Bankrupt Russia?


What planet are you from? Like the USSA has ANY Wealth left in its cauffers? I am NOT talking about paper and electronic digits.

Divine's picture


Ward no. 6's picture

it's a good thing for ppl who have trouble reading small letters :)

SafelyGraze's picture

hobopants says

"Oh dear, you forgot the /sarc tag."

is a tough crowd tonight


Winston Churchill's picture

Already on the agenda after the Bandar Bush meeting with Putin.

That might just be Putins "fuckit" move.

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

That is a satanic haiku LOL.


I agree by the way.

mendolover's picture

But then Israel will lose their new buddies!


Keyser's picture

Ratz playing all sides against each other and profiting from the carnage... Zionists will be the death of us all... 

BlindMonkey's picture

The joke is on the zionists. The promised land is actually in Deerfield beach.

zhandax's picture

Could you be off by two miles?

BraveSirRobin's picture

So, here's a strategy for the US... Incite an all-out regional sectarian war in the Mid-East. Wars are VERY expensive, and with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, etc., against Iran and the Sunni outliers, they will all need LOTS of dollars. That means they will all have to flood the market with oil to pay for it all. The price of oil plummets, and all the dollars are recycled to by US arms. As the price of oil plummets, the economy of Russia tanks as well, putting Putin in a bind. Of course he will sell all kinds of gear to the Sunni block, but that will probably not make up for the drop in oil revenue.

All out war in the region is good for the US, as long as the oil fields are still pumping and the tankers are leaving full.

We need to get China to reflag Iranian tankers to keep the Saudis from blowing them up. I guess that;s the last part of the puzzle. If they refuse, hell, the US could reflag tankers leaving Iran. It's about free navigation, after all, and the US is neutral, of course.

OpenThePodBayDoorHAL's picture

+1, someone using their head here. To Obomba, Putin's warning about a "huge escalation" translates to "Mission Accomplished"

Al Huxley's picture

Sounds good - I just hope the Russians are willing to go along with it.

Spastica Rex's picture

And I'm not sure there's a flood of oil to be had.

Ides of November's picture


All out war in the region would mean Iran blowing up Qatari, Saudi, UAE, Kuwaiti oil fields!

Did you miss the Iraq/ Kuwait war a few decades back when all the oil fields were set alight?

Price of oil would skyrocket to $300 per barrell. Global economy would be F-U-C-K-E-D.

Mitzibitzi's picture

Global economy is already fucked. $300 per bbl is just the equivalent of wiping it's dick on the bedsheets and reaching for a cigarette.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

ISIS seems to be just the latest made Zio-USSA Frankenstein Monster that escaped and is rampaging on its own.

All Russia has to do, is to help this monster have some "direction", by creating so much havoc in the ME, that the Qatari pipeline remains a pipe dream.  Eventually they will have to come around and agree to build a much shorter and safer line:  under the Persian Gulf, to Iran, and from there to join the Iran-Russia pipeline that feeds Europe and Asia.

In theory this is a better deal for them, but the US (MIIC+Fed) would "go ballistic".  Literally.  KSA and Qatar would need the combined protection from Russia+China to safeguard them from the US fleet in the Gulf and Diego Garcia, as that would dethrone the King Dollar from its GRC throne.

LostandFound's picture

Thats an interesting view point Kirk, i know on the ground here in the UAE that Qatar's foreign 'policy' has caused a temporary breakup in the GCC Region, they seem to be an outlier. i dont know whether or not that is a consequence of Qatar actually thinking about co-operating with Iran or whether its the funding of the extremists of ISIS. Something isnt aligned here in the Gulf though. 

The US has significant bases in Qatar and i believe Exxon are the ones in partnership with the Qatari royal family.

Considering the above, and the recently announced meeting between Iran and KSA on ISIS, i am beginning to think that your observation might be something that Saudi and the rest of the GCC are looking for and its Qatar with USA thats continuing down this path of Syria.