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Lawmaker: US aims to destabilize situation in Syria in order to change regime there

August 02, 12:54 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"Americans care not about the dynamic of the situation in Syria but rather about upholding their monopoly on deciding the fate of countries and peoples," Konstantin Kosachev said
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MOSCOW, August 2. /TASS/. The United States cannot recognize the success of the Russian humanitarian operation in Aleppo because by this Washington will admit that betting on the regime change in Syria is a mistake, chairman of the Russian Federation Council’s International Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev said on Tuesday.

"Americans care not about the dynamic of the situation in Syria but rather about upholding their monopoly on deciding the fate of countries and peoples," Kosachev said. "For them, recognizing the success of Russian actions and cooperation with armed forces loyal to (Syrian President) Bashar Assad would be like admitting that their initial bet on the regime change in Syria was a mistake that only added to destabilizing the situation in the country," he added.

"Aleppo is a strategic part of the Syrian story, one of the strongholds of the armed opposition. It is clear that there are people there that participate in terrorist groups. In any case, restoration of government’s control over Aleppo would be a very serious element that would strengthen the position of Bashar Assad and his allies," the lawmaker explained.

The aim of the United States is to destabilize the situation in order to appoint leaders loyal to Washington, Kosachev went on. "US only partly succeeded in this in Iraq, and obviously failed in Libya. It is obvious that Americans are trying to turn Syria into their success story," he noted.

"The situation in Syria is still developing very negatively. The United States is fully responsible for the absence of cooperation between Russia and the United States - it is too early to talk about such cooperation though some signs are emerging," Kosachev added.

Moscow has repeatedly offered such format of cooperation but "Americans did not go to Syria to work together with Russia there," he concluded.

On July 28 Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said that Russian and Syrian militaries are starting a large-scale humanitarian operation in Aleppo. Four humanitarian corridors will be established there. Civilians will be able to leave Aleppo via three corridors, while one more corridor may be used by militants who wish to lay down arms. The defense minister also ordered to airdrop food, medicaments and necessities to civilians in Aleppo.

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