The U.S. plans to form a new anti-Syrian coalition

The U.S. plans to step up cooperation with its NATO allies in order to topple the regime in Syria. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed the issue during a phone conversation with colleagues from Britain, France, Germany and Turkey.

The sides involved in the talks also discussed measures which could be taken to provide extra help to the Syrian opposition. The urgency of the videoconference proves that the aim is to provide this assistance to the rebels as promptly as possible. They will get arms and all necessary equipment as well as new groups of hirelings to topple the Assad regime.

The VoR asked Mr. Boris Dolgov, expert for the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, to comment on the videoconference:

"This is just an attempt to repeat the Libyan scenario. Not so long ago Mrs. Clinton spoke about setting up a no-fly zone over some parts of Syria, which can be interpreted as an urge to invade the country. Enforcing a no-fly zone means to allow the destruction of anti-missile defence system, air bombing and cruise missiles attacks. Since Russia and China have repeatedly vetoed the UNSC draft resolution allowing military intervention in Syria, the invasion- if it takes place- would mean the violation of the UN Charter."

By the way, those who used to enjoy active support of the West in Libya have now joined rebels in Syria. It was reported on Tuesday that two field commanders who led an offensive against Muammar Gaddafi's stronghold in Tripoli. They brought some snipers and hirelings with them who know how to use heavy weaponry and mobile anti-missile defence complexes.

Foreign hirelings are stationed mainly in northern Syria where fights continue to gain control over Aleppo, the country's financial centre. Political analyst Stanislav Tarasov thinks that despite active support from abroad, the opposition will yet fail to achieve the results the West and some Gulf states want them to.

"The Syrian National Council based outside the country has failed to win enough support on Syrian territory. It means that this part of the Libya scenario proved unsuccessful. Neither had they managed to seize Aleppo and form an interim government there similar to the one in Libya's Beghazi."

With the help of its partners in Arab states the West has stepped up its propaganda war against the Assad regime. Earlier this week the web site of Saudi Arabia's Al Watan daily reported that it had interviewed Russia's Presidential Envoy for the Middle East, Mikhail Bogdanov, who allegedly said that President Bashar Assad was ready to step down. Moscow condemned the daily for using sharp practices and blamed the authors of that sponsored publication for deliberately escalating tensions over the conflict in Syria.

[Source: By Konstantin Garibov, The Voice of Russia, Moscow, 15Aug12]

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