Wednesday, 26 October 2016

If only Europeans were more like greedy fat bastard americans, we'd be at war with Russia by now (John Kerry).

http://news.sky.com/story/johnson-assad-and-russians-cant-win-syria-war-10620400

But when asked at what point it would be decided that "enough is enough", he said: "I haven't seen a big appetite in Europe for people to go to war.


British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and US Secretary of State John Kerry say there is no appetite for war in Syria.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks after crisis talks in London

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Video: Kerry: Russia and Assad 'cannot end war without political solution'

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said Syrian President Bashar al Assad and the Russians cannot win the war in Syria.
Mr Johnson was speaking at the conclusion of talks in London on the Syrian war, talks that included US Secretary of State John Kerry and counterparts from eight other countries.
He said: "I don't think that the Russian supporters and the Assad regime are capable of winning this war.
"I think it highly dubious that they'll even be able to take Aleppo," he said.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and US Secretary of State John Kerry give a joint press conference after a meeting on the situation in Syria at Lancaster House in London on October 16, 2016

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Video: Johnson: Russia must be kept under pressure over Syria

Both Britain and the US warned that western powers are considering imposing sanctions against Syria and Russia over the five-year siege of the Syrian city of Aleppo, which Mr Kerry described as constituting "crimes against humanity".
Ten countries met in London to discuss the situation in Syria
Image Caption: Representatives of 10 countries meet in London to discuss the situation in Syria

But when asked at what point it would be decided that "enough is enough", he said: "I haven't seen a big appetite in Europe for people to go to war.
Residents inspect a damaged site after an airstrike in the besieged rebel-held al Qaterji neighbourhood of Aleppo,

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Video: Sky's David Bowden analyses the Syria crisis talks

"I don't see the parliaments of European countries ready to declare war, I don't see a lot of countries deciding that that's the better solution here.
"So we are pursuing diplomacy because those are the tools that we have and we're trying to find a way forward under those circumstances."
A man carries a baby away from a bombed area of Aleppo

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Video: Another wave of airstrikes hits Aleppo

Mr Kerry also met with Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov for talks in Switzerland on Saturday.
Mr Johnson agreed that the allies must work with the diplomatic "tools we have", suggesting his comments last week of the need to discuss "more kinetic options" may not have the support of the other countries.
"No option is in principle off the table but be in no doubt that these so-called military options are extremely difficult and there is, to put it mildly, a lack of political appetite in most European capitals and certainly in the West for that kind of solution at present.
"So we've got to work with the tools we have - the tools we have are diplomatic.
Syrian protesters during an anti-regime demonstration near Aleppo in 2012

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Video: Tracing the origins of the conflict in Syria

"I think the most powerful weapon we have at the moment is our ability to make president Putin and the Russians feel the consequences of what they are doing."
A 13-year-old boy turns cameraman in Aleppo

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Video: A 13-year-old boy turned cameraman is capturing the destruction of Aleppo

The talks come just hours after Turkish-backed rebels captured the symbolic northern Syrian town of Dabiq.
Dabiq has little strategic value but it is ideologically important to the Islamic State jihadists, who promised to make it the site of a final 'Doomsday' battle between Christians and Muslims.
Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency said troops were now working to dismantle explosives laid by retreating Islamic State troops.

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