Ankara, September 25, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
Erdogan speaks of “a transitional period with Assad”, when once he called for his immediate overthrow
By Manolis Kostidis
Following the intense intervention of Russia and Iran in Syria and the sending of military aid from Moscow to the Assad regime, many countries are discussing a stay of Assad in power, even for a transitional period.
Great policy change in Syria is considered the declaration of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that “the transition period in Syria could be with Assad”.
On Wednesday Erdogan had a meeting with Vladimir Putin in Moscow and reportedly the Russian President stressed to his Turkish counterpart that Assad with Russia’s support could control 15% of the country’s regions, which will include Damascus, Latakia, Tartus, Hamaa), etc., leaving the rest of the country to its fate.
“Assad plans to have a state boutique”, Erdogan said confirming the information. Turkey, however, which since 2011 that the war broke out, has been calling for the overthrow of Assad, not the dissolution of Syria, since if this were to happen, Ankara will has as neighbors the jihadists of the ISIS and the Kurdish cantons, with the possible autonomy or independence of the latter.
Faced with the determination of Moscow and the change of international climate, the Turkish president for the first time did not mention the possible overthrow of Assad.
Great Britain and Germany speak of an Assad era
Foreign Minister of the United Kingdom, Philip Hammond also left open the possibility of talks with the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The head of the British diplomacy stressed that if an agreement on peace and political transition in Syria is reached, it might become necessary for western officials to hold talks with the Syrian president.
The strengthening of the extremist jihadist of the Islamic State and the weakening of the moderate armed opposition, many Western officials have begun to speak in favour of some contacts with the president of Syria, while continuing to declare that his departure is a prerequisite for peace in the Arab country.
In the same wavelength, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that “we should talk to many factors, Assad being one of them, but there are others as well”.
Agreement Putin-Obama on the future of Assad
Of great importance is the possible meeting of Vladimir Putin with Barack Obama in New York, in the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Diplomatic circles speak of the possibility of a secret agreement between the US and Russia that includes Assad remaining in power as Moscow insists that without the president of Syria the jihadists will prevail. There is information on an agreement for joint military action against the Islamic State without including a neutral zone within Syria, which Turkey wanted.
Russia, immediately after the use of Incirlik air base by American fighter jets in Turkey for operations against the Islamic State, in recent weeks has built from scratch the airbase of Latakia, has sent 24 modern fighter Su-35 and 3 degrees missile systems and has increased the number of Marines from 200 to 500 showing the determination that will do everything to support the Assad regime.