Syria Summit Kicks Off In Russia With Some Anti-Saudi Trolling

Tyler Durden's picture

While in Sochi, Russia for trilateral talks between Russia, Iran, and Turkey over the future of Syria, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has taken to Twitter for some serious trolling. As the first day of the summit concluded - a day preceded by a rare 4-hour visit to Russia by Syrian President Bashar Assad who met with Putin on Monday - Zarif stated, "No need for empty words or gimmicks - including glowing orbs - when you're actually working for peace and against terror."

The Iranian FM was of course referring to the unforgettable photo op which lit up the internet from Trump's inaugural visit to Saudi Arabia last May wherein Trump along with Saudi King Salman and Egypt's Sisi laid their hands on a strange glowing orb upon the opening of something called the "Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology" (no one knows what the center has accomplished since then).

In the lead up to the summit, Zarif explained that the Iranian delegation headed by President Rouhani would be "working with Turkish & Russian counterparts to build on ceasefire we achieved in Syria & preparing for inclusive dialog among Syrians. Irony is KSA accuses Iran of destabilization, while itself fuels terrorists, wages war on Yemen, blockades Qatar & foments crisis in Lebanon."

And the other irony is that along with the continuing war of words between the Iranians and Saudis, parallel summits are happening at the same time over Syria. On Wednesday a Syrian opposition conference kicked off in Riyadh which aims to unite fragmented opposition groups ahead of next week's UN-backed Syria talks in Geneva next week.

But statements from Sochi appeared more triumphant, with a many analysts and media pundits interpreting the ongoing summit between presidents Putin, Erdogan, and Rouhani, as a victory lap of sorts which will involve discussion of the fate of post-war Syria, driven by the victorious Russians and Iranians with reluctant Erdogan in tow, perhaps clawing for the geopolitical scraps.

And the Russian embassy in the UK decided to take the opportunity to rub it in, with the following tweet:

Putin's own words during his brief surprise meeting with Assad on Monday, however, were more restrained: "We still have a long way to go before we achieve a complete victory over terrorists," he said. "But as far as our joint work in fighting terrorism on the territory of Syria is concerned, this military operation is indeed wrapping up."

Assad responded in comments to Russian state television after the meeting: "At this stage, especially after we achieved victory over terrorists, it is in our interests to move forward with the political process." And during Tuesday's hour plus phone call between Trump and Putin, the Russian president reportedly assured Trump that the “Syrian leader confirmed adherence to the political process, to run a constitutional reform” and presidential and parliamentary elections.

On Wednesday, upon the opening of the trilateral Sochi summit, Putin confidently announced that, "Russia, Iran and Turkey have prevented a break-up of Syria, kept it from being overrun by international terrorists and warded off a humanitarian catastrophe." And contrary to some speculation that Russia may eventually accept the breakup of Syria into different spheres of influence, Putin expressed hope that decisions reached at the summit would help "strengthen the territorial integrity of Syria."

He further reiterated commitment to constitutional reform in Syria and compromise among world powers currently operating there: “The Syrian people will have to determine their own future and agree on the principles of their own statehood. It is obvious that the process of reform will not be easy and will require compromises and concessions from all participants, including of course the government of Syria” Putin said Wednesday.

The controversial topic of reconstruction in Syria will also be under consideration at the summit, as Putin urged Turkey and Iran to join in the efforts. “Given the colossal scale of the destruction it would be possible to think together about the development of a comprehensive program for Syria,” he said.

In the past half-year Turkey has come under the Russian orbit in Syria after Erdogan's early aggressive pursuit of regime change backfired which left him fighting for his political future and increasingly at odds with the United States and NATO. Turkey's very presence at the summit is hugely significant, while at the same time both the US and EU have been sidelined.

The summit further aims to lay the groundwork for a Syrian national dialogue congress due to be hosted by Russia in December. It is possible that an entirely new constitution, including terms of future presidential elections (likely to include Assad running), will be framed during that future meeting involving members of the political opposition.

But it's concerning the terms of this December Russian-sponsored meeting that Erdogan will seek to assert himself at Sochi: he is insisting that Syrian Kurds be excluded from the negotiating table on the grounds that they have links to the PKK and other Kurdish movements that Turkey labels as terrorists. However, it is unlikely that a lasting political settlement for Syria can be negotiated and successfully held without Syrian Kurdish input.

So it looks like things are moving forward concerning political settlement and future stability for Syria, entirely without direct US or European involvement or input.

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Truther's picture

Smart men don't need glowing orbs or fake hand shakes.

Rubicon's picture

Assad wanted to kiss Vlad. Vlad obviously looked concerned.

skbull44's picture

If only we've could fix our own eff'ed up countries rather than someone else's...

IH8OBAMA's picture

Photoshopped pic.  Someone should punch that damn Iranian though.


Pinto Currency's picture


<- Assad wins in the octagon

<- Erdogan wins in the octagon


Selly2k's picture

I see u gave yourself a thumbs up

Truther's picture

Yep, right up his ass. The only thins left is to shut his cuntflaps.

SteveK9's picture

Sorry that picture is part of a video.  Erdogan really seemed to want the 3-way handshake.

veritas semper vinces's picture

Mr. Assad is the ONLY president who received such a welcoming from the Russians: ALL top military dogs were present.

Spot on Mr. Zarif,I knew he was a smart man.

Mr. Putin smiles like a cat after he ate sour cream ,Erdogan's smile is a little constipated,he's on a short leash from the Russians,LOL!

I like when they say terrorists,not ISIS,and we know exactly whom they refer to. US has established a mini non fly zone over the Kurdish area not allowing SAA to fly in their OWN country(and Russians). They are officially an occupation force.

After ISIS and the rest of the proxies are dealt with,US will be asked to  leave. Nicely first.Then ,if they persist in being stupid,expect to be thrown out,as they will not have any "justification "for being there.

Some recent "achievements"of the US army there: multiple heliborne operations to save ISIS leaders in Deir Ezzor

                                                                       Transported heavy excavation equipment used to dig out ancient artifacts in the Kurdish area,which were then transported by helicopters(in a word STEALING Syria's artifacts)

Disgusting(and these are done by the army,so much for the US and the Donald's fight for peace,blah,blah...)

HowdyDoody's picture

One comment from the Russian Embassy tweet.

Charles Crawford? @CharlesCrawford
7h7 hours ago
Replying to @RussianEmbassy @thetimes and

Only Russians in their current mode could call any victory for the absurd dictator who’s wrecked his own country ‘being on the right side of history’

Apparently this guy is an ex UK diplomat. If he is representative of the intellectual capabilities of current UK diplomats, no wonder the UK is heading rapidly down the sewer.

JohninMK's picture

Sadly, as a Brit, I have to agree with you.

Our Foreign Office has a sad few decades, what with the loss of Empire, being a late comer to the Franco German EU so little influence there, whilst hanging onto the US skirt tails has just led us into a string of US diplomatic failures.

They used to get the brightest and best but they go into the City now. With Brexit they are facing a career opportunity of a generation, whether they are up to it remains to be seen.

MozartIII's picture

"absurd dictator who’s wrecked his own country"

One of the beter leaders in the mideast until he got in the way of a DOD plan (7 nations) and an oil pipeline for Europe, not to mention mineral resources to loot for the elite.

veritas semper vinces's picture

UK is in a sewer.Hanging on to the Falkland Islands and Gibraltar(that's for BritBob)

The filthy buccaneer and pirate nation has the nerve to criticize other nations.Hey,UK you are a nation of THIEVES,starting with The City of London and your pedophile Royals and nobility and political class.


HRClinton's picture

Someone at the Russian embassy in London has good dry wit.

Is Boris Alotoffkrap moonlighting? 

Neochrome's picture

"wrecked his own country"

Syria was just fine until US set's it's sights on a regime change by ISIS proxy which is well documented. One can argue that in order to achieve it's goal in Syria, US also wrecked Ukraine just in order to create diversionary second front for Russia. Their failure on both fronts makes Russia's victories even more glaring.

Freddie's picture

Someone on another web site mentioned Russia did a lot of heavy lifting in Syria as did the Syrian military.  Hezbollah and Iran also did a lot of work and fighting.  It seems like when someone in ISIS/Daesh/Al Qeada-CIA needed a real ass kicking - they brought in Hezbollah.

This writer also said Iran did not mind Russia taking much of the credit because Iran wanted to be more in the background.  I think this was a pretty accurate analysis.

HRClinton's picture

"Smart men don't need glowing orbs or fake hand shakes."

Not even creepy frat secret handshakes, or 'Hood Bro handshakes?

How un-American. 

WTFRLY's picture

Well, the power of j00 was in that orb. It is curiously missing here. I wonder why.

MozartIII's picture

Damn. Last week Putin was a Jew...

MuffDiver69's picture

Who cares..Good luck rebuilding that shit hole..

Fiscal Smegma's picture

They don't rebuild, they just move (to europe) and create another shithole some where else.

TeamDepends's picture

Because Europe needs diversity.  Right Barbara Spectre, you turbo cunt?

peddling-fiction's picture

Another turbo weasel is white mamba merkel.

BarkingCat's picture

Your avatar is creating a major dilemma for me. 

I want to give you an up vote but up voting CNN is nearly causing me to have a stroke. 

peddling-fiction's picture

My handle name "peddling-fiction" right after the CNN logo should put your mind at ease.

Selly2k's picture

Ever ask yourself why they moved and who made them move you idiot.

EternalAnusocracy's picture

The chinese can re-build that whole country in less than a year.  With high speed trails etc.  USA is about to be sent packing from the middle east.

Reynard Fox's picture

Illuminati partly confirmed.

zxbkajbs91bckzosaku28r5's picture

The proliferation of different languages is good because it compartmentalizes information and limits the spread of harmful viral ideas. The banana monoculture is susceptible to a single disease. But who cares; let's just have a massive, orgiastic Saturnalia.

whatsupdoc's picture

Lets hope the new overland rail and ports are setup in Syria ASAP.  Get Syria up and running ASAP.

Kick the US out of Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and other gulf states.  They are sooooo yesterday.

A two state solution for Palestine with contiguous land from Gaza to the West Bank down to the Gulf d Aqaba would be good too.


NubianSundance's picture

Putin can hardly say Russia will increase its presence in Syria when the point is to get the Americans to wrap up and leave.

shovelhead's picture

Putin was asked to be there to assist. I don't recall any invitation to the US ever being offered.

DEMIZEN's picture

I wouldn't call it over yet.

EternalAnusocracy's picture

The FAT LADY just sang.  Its over.

shovelhead's picture

The dick of the Obama legacy just got stomped on.

Dickweed Wang's picture

Trump and the gang look like they're taking part in some kind of Satanic ritual in that pic . . . maybe that's because they were.

peddling-fiction's picture

The "light" of lucifer.


HRClinton's picture

Modern LOTR. 

The Hobbit, the bearded & robed Wizzard, and the King of the West.

All serving the All-Seeing Red Shield Eye.

otschelnik's picture

Anybody else got a sinking feeling in their stomach that the Trump/Tillerson all-in pedal to the floor support of the Saudi's Sunni crescent Wahabbism and their raproachement with Israel may be a losing long term proposition in the middle east? 

Brazen Heist's picture

Hahah way to go.....good we've now got alternatives to the tired old US-Israel-Saudi shit show.

geno-econ's picture

The agreement in Sochi, if successfully  implemented, will help Europe in that it will decrease unwanted migration and save lives from drowning while crossing the Med.   However, the strategic stakes in that part of the world means unrest will continue unless there is an agreement with all stakeholders.

Blankone's picture

"Russia, Iran, and Turkey over the future of Syria"

Syria has been sold out and is being used for other purposes.
How about we have the US, Ukraine and Germany meet to decide the future of Russia.

Putin just wants to negotiate for Russia to keep a large part of the west coast of Syria for Russia. Remember, RT recently did an article about the US now having around 11 bases IN Syria. The SDF who took Raqqa is mostly the Kurds and lead by the Kurds - and is the new proxy of the US. The SDF is anti Assad and want to take most of the NE section of Syria for themselves. It is also politically acceptable for the US to openly supply and protect the SDF, including waging war directly on Syria forces if they threaten the SDF.

Brazen Heist's picture

Russia and Iran saved Syria from Zio-American backed Wahhabi terrorism.

The US took Raqqa not because they wanted to destroy ISIS, but to justify their llegal presence.

Like ISIS, they also need to fuck right out of Syria. The empire has more pressing shit to deal with back home.


WTFUD's picture

If you're seeking clues, look no further than his 'nom de plume' Blank-One.

Conscious Reviver's picture

Yes, Blankone. A well known Zino-duchebag of long standing.