Putin Cancels Paris Trip Over Futility of Talks on Syria

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Putin Cancels Paris Trip Over Futility of Talks on Syria
by Stephen Lendman
French President Hollande is partnered with Obama’s aggression on Syria, its former colony, eager to regain control along with America.
Putin’s scheduled October 19 visit was cancelled – not because “certain events linked to the opening of a Russian cultural center and holding exhibitions had been cancelled,” as his spokesman Dmitry Peskov explained.
Intractable agendas on Syria got Putin to cancel his planned visit – including French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault wanting the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigating Russia and Syria for alleged war crimes neither country committed.
He’ll consider rescheduling at a future time, Peskov explained. He’s ready to hold productive talks with all foreign leaders. Meeting his French counterpart at this time would accomplish nothing toward restoring peace and stability to Syria.
On Monday, Hollande admitted the futility of talks. Whether they’ll be rescheduled any time soon remains to be seen. According to Ayrault, it’ll depend on the situation in Syria.
Peskov said Putin has no current plans to meet with other European leaders on Syria in a format similar to the Normandy Quartet on Ukraine – accomplishing nothing toward resolving its US-instigated conflict.
When asked about France wanting Russia investigated in the ICC, Peskov declined to comment, saying it’s for Ayrault’s foreign ministry to explain.
Syria, with formidable Russian help, is winning the crucial battle for Aleppo, key to hopes for eventually liberating Syria entirely from America’s imperial scourge, France partnered with its project for what it hopes to gain.
Years of good faith Russian diplomacy with Washington accomplished nothing. Both sides are intractably apart on resolving things.
Neocons infesting the Obama administration demand regime change. Russia is committed to protecting Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, including the right of its people to decide who’ll lead them, free from foreign interference.
An unresolvable combustible situation exists, heading for greater conflict, not responsible resolution.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net
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Stephen Lendman
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.