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Lavrov, 3 Scenarios for Syria Including a Full-Blown Regional War

Lavrov, 3 Scenarios for Syria Including a Full-Blown Regional War

Foreign Russian Minister Sergey Lavrov has presented three scenarios on what’s ahead for the Syrian crisis.

In an interview published on Feb.10 by “Moskovskij Komsomolets”, a Moscow-based daily newspaper, FM Lavrov said he was in agreement with what Professor Vitaly Naumkin, Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies that was in charge of the first Syrian on Syrian negotiations in Moscow, had proposed.

Professor Naumkin’s predicted that the Syrian crisis will amount to one of three scenarios: either negotiating parties arrive to an agreement at the Geneva peace talks; the Syrian Army chalks up a military victory; or a comprehensive war breaks with several foreign countries participating.

Meanwhile, U.S. sources claimed that Russia and Assad are cooperating with the terrorist organization ISIS, through a gas company located near the ISIS-held al-Raqqah. Sources mentioned that a gas company, closely affiliated with Russian President Vladimir Putin, is dealing with ISIS to benefit from the natural gas fields close to Twinan nearby al-Raqqah.

Assad’s government is also working with ISIS in the natural gas business, sources added.

“Foreign Policy” published a report revealing a well-founded relationship between Putin and the Russian tycoon Gennady Timchenko, who owns the gas company that established facilities nearby Twinan in Syria.

U.S. Department of the Treasury had already listed Timchenko’s gas company in Syria on the blacklist after the Russian invasion in Crimea.

Riyad Hijab, head of the Riyadh-based Higher Negotiations Committee (HNC), said, after his London meeting with the UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, that he has received international reassurances that the slaughter campaign against the Syrians will be put to an end. Hijab was also promised that items 12 and 13 from the (2254)U.N. Security Council resolution will be put into effect, in addition to lifting the blockade off of cities, freeing those detained, and an immediate stop for arbitrary pounding.

Hijab highlighted that the HNC’s attendance at the upcoming peace talks is subject to field procedures.