Russia prepared to ”significantly” support Syria, Putin Puts together P4+1, will America Join?

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BEIRUT – Hezbollah´s leader discussed Russia´s major military build-up in Syria, announcing that Moscow was prepared to provide significant support to the Bashar al-Assad regime.

”There are significant numbers of aircraft, missiles, and accurate machineguns ready to be sent to Syria,” Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said Friday in his first televised appearance in over a month.

However, he downplayed reports, including ones in pro-Hezbollah media, that Russia was already involved in military operations in support of the Assad regime.

“The Russians informed Damascus that they were ready to send forces to Syria, but the latter has not demanded that yet,” Nasrallah said, echoing previous comments made by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem.

He hinted that an official Syrian call for Russian military intervention was coming, saying that Damascus “might demand it soon.”

“We consider the Russian intervention a positive factor,” Nasrallah said.

Nasrallah also said that Moscow was coordinating with Turkey, Iran, Iraq and to create a counter-terror alliance to tackle the threat of ISIS in the region, echoing a recent report in the pro-Hezbollah daily.

Al-Akhbar reported Tuesday that Hezbollah had joined a new counter-terror alliance with Moscow and that Russia will take part in military operations alongside the Syrian army and Hezbollah.

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The newspaper´s editor-in-chief Ibrahim al-Amin wrote that secret talks between Russia, Iran, Syria and Iraq had resulted in the birth of the new alliance, which he described as “the most important in the region and the world for many years.”

“The agreement to form the alliance includes administrative mechanisms for cooperation on [the issues of] politics and intelligence and [for] military [cooperation] on the battlefield in several parts of the Middle East, primarily in Syria and Iraq,” the commentator said, citing well-informed sources.

“The parties to the alliance are the states of Russia, Iran, Syria and Iraq, with Lebanon’s Hezbollah as the fifth party,” he also said, adding that the joint-force would be called the “4+1 alliance” – a play on words referring to the P5+1 world powers that negotiated a nuclear deal with Iran.

The Al-Akhbar article came hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly reached an agreement with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow over the latter country’s major military build-up in Syria.

The pro-Hezbollah newspaper also said that Russian troops were coordinating with Hezbollah fighters.

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“[Several] days ago, Russian officers accompanied by specialists… from the Russian forces arriving in Syria toured a number of positions in Hama’s Al-Ghab Plain area and carried out a field survey accompanied by Syrian Army and Hezbollah officers,” Amin claimed.

“Similar tours took place in the [areas] around Idlib and in the mountain range overlooking Latakia.”

He also made the startling claim that Russia will “play a prominent role on the ground and will participate in combat on the battlefield with their advanced weaponry by leading operations and taking part in artillery shelling, air [raids] and otherwise, alongside the Syrian army and Hezbollah.”

Nasrallah: Russia prepared to ”significantly” support Syria

 

BEIRUT – Hezbollah´s leader discussed Russia´s major military build-up in Syria, announcing that Moscow was prepared to provide significant support to the Bashar al-Assad regime.

”There are significant numbers of aircraft, missiles, and accurate machineguns ready to be sent to Syria,” Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said Friday in his first televised address in over a month.

However, he downplayed reports, including ones in pro-Hezbollah media, that Russia was already involved in military operations in support of the Assad regime.

“The Russians informed Damascus that they were ready to send forces to Syria, but the latter has not demanded that yet,” Nasrallah said, echoing previous comments made by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem.

He hinted that an official Syrian call for Russian military intervention was coming, saying that Damascus “might demand it soon.”

“We consider the Russian intervention a positive factor,” Nasrallah said.

Nasrallah also said that Moscow was coordinating with Turkey, Iran, Iraq and to create a counter-terror alliance to tackle the threat of ISIS in the region, echoing a recent report in the pro-Hezbollah daily.

Al-Akhbar reported Tuesday that Hezbollah had joined a new counter-terror alliance with Moscow and that Russia will take part in military operations alongside the Syrian army and Hezbollah.

The newspaper´s editor-in-chief Ibrahim al-Amin wrote that secret talks between Russia, Iran, Syria and Iraq had resulted in the birth of the new alliance, which he described as “the most important in the region and the world for many years.”

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“The agreement to form the alliance includes administrative mechanisms for cooperation on [the issues of] politics and intelligence and [for] military [cooperation] on the battlefield in several parts of the Middle East, primarily in Syria and Iraq,” the commentator said, citing well-informed sources.

“The parties to the alliance are the states of Russia, Iran, Syria and Iraq, with Lebanon’s Hezbollah as the fifth party,” he also said, adding that the joint-force would be called the “4+1 alliance” – a play on words referring to the P5+1 world powers that negotiated a nuclear deal with Iran.

https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/NewsReports/565964-nasrallah-russia-prepared-to-significantly-support-syria

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