Russian Accent. G-20 summit in Hamburg

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Hello everyone, this is Russian Accent with Mike Owergreen. Thanks for being with us and let’s talk a little about the G-20 summit in Hamburg. As per media, US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed to a ceasefire in southwest Syria during their meeting at the G20 summit Friday in Germany, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Tillerson, who sat in on the discussion between the two leaders, told reporters the ceasefire was a “defined agreement” and could be a precursor to further cooperation in Syria. “This is our first indication of the US and Russia being able to work together in Syria,” Tillerson said. Let’s stop here for a moment and talk a little about what is really going on. So Mr. Putin is able to declare and hold this ceasefire.

He is ready to do this and likely he is able to do it. How about us? Will the rebels, who we are supporting in Syria so much, obey this ceasefire? Definitely not. They are there to overthrow Assad’s regime more than to kill ISIS. The Secretary of State Mr. Tillerson declares an «Assad must go» policy. Can we expect any cooperation from the side of the Syrian government? Probably not.

Then how smart are we? We support the rebels and are fighting against the government troops, while Russia is backing Assad and bombing the rebels. At the same time, the rebels are fighting with ISIS. Who is with the US there? CNN? It is not enough.

We need friendly boots on the ground. We need a friendly environment, which it truly is not, in the meantime. Otherwise, let me tell you what is going to happen. The rebels will keep fighting, and the Russians will start bombing again. Then what? More refugees will go to Europe. The EU even today is angry with our activity in the region. So, the US should do something about its end of that Trump-Putin brokered ceasefire in Syria and if not, we will find ourselves back in the past.

Putin will continue backing Assad even with no bombing rebels. He supports the elected government, even if we do not trust that election, because Syrians do and they fight for the regime. Most rebels are defeated already; some of them have cooperated with other groups and participated in peace talks that were held in Kazakhstan.

The only way the US could be effective in international affairs would be to join the peace effort and cooperate with Europe or Russian, and that was supposed to be on the agenda for G-20, but Merkel as a host has downsized the agenda to the Paris climate agreement, which is important, but not enough.

She is trying to save our planet and lives in the future, but who will take care of peace and our lives in the present? Putin alone? This brings us back to what Secretary of State Mr. Tillerson has told us: “This is our first indication of the US and Russia being able to work together in Syria.”

Thanks for being with us. This has been Michael Owergreen and the Russian Accent.

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