Editor’s Note: Behind the scenes Russia collaborates with the West to shuffle the deck in the Middle East. The fact that the megalomaniacal leaders of the great powers of the West and the East can just casually talk about removing heads of state in smaller, weaker nations, without so much as paying lip service to the genuine wishes of the people of the country they seek to reorder and reorganize is a testament to the depraved state of the world we live in.
Ahtisaari held talks with envoys from the five permanent members of the UN security council in February 2012. He said that during those discussions, the Russian ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, laid out a three-point plan, which included a proposal for Assad to cede power at some point after peace talks had started between the regime and the opposition.
But he said that the US, Britain and France were so convinced that the Syrian dictator was about to fall, they ignored the proposal.
“It was an opportunity lost in 2012,” Ahtisaari said in an interview.
Officially, Russia has staunchly backed Assad through the four-and-half-year Syrian war, insisting that his removal cannot be part of any peace settlement. Assad has said that Russia will never abandon him. Moscow has recently begun sending troops, tanks and aircraft in an effort to stabilise the Assad regime and fight Islamic State extremists.
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