While an alleged unmasked agent from the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) leaves the Russian capital Moscow, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergej Lavrov has once again said that the Syrian people should decide about the fate of Bashar al-Assad.
The Russian security services have claimed that they were able to capture an American spy in Moscow. Ryan Fogle, the alleged U.S. spy in Russia, has now finally left the country yesterday.
Ryan Fogle checked in on a flight at the Russian airport Sheremetyevo (Moscow) on Sunday, according to the news agency NTV – after Ryan Fogle has been declared as a “persona non grata” by the Russian Foreign Ministry for “activities within Russian which were incompatible with his diplomatic status”. Thus, the alleged American spy Fogle was ordered to leave Russia by May 20.
Since last Tuesday, the Russian Security Service have claimed that they detained Ryan Fogle when he met a Russian security service officer. In this staged meeting, he was offered to spy for them – for up to $1 million per year. Of course, the U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, was then summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow on Wednesday. There, Moscow has formally protested against the dubious activities of Ryan Fogel on Russian soil.
Meanwhile, there are new reports about the Russian and American agreement on the fate of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. According to these reports, Moscow and Washington have agreed that the fate of the Syrian President al-Assad is in the hands of the Syrian people and not in the hands of any foreign power. The Russian foreign chief said that the United States has signed a so-called American-Russian initiative dated May 7. This American-Russian initiative sets no preconditions on the debates to find a political solution for Syria.
Of course, while the United States have agreed on this, it seems clear that the U.S. leadership has done this again just for the show and to take care about their “public image”. Behind the curtains, Washington is still very interested to topple the secular Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
For example, the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, said recently that he is not able to see any place for Bashar al-Assad in the future of Syria but that this decision is not in his hands. Kerry said exactly that “he could see no place for Bashar Assad in Syria’s future, but added that was not his decision to make”. While the Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said that any push for the resignation of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would be regarded as a foreign interference in Syria.
The Russian FM reminded in his statements about Syria that the Geneva communiqué dating June 30, 2012 stipulated that the power transition was to preserve all existing political institutions, although he should know that the Geneva conference on Syria (last summer) was nothing more than a bad joke and that not all parties, which have participated, are interested in peace or a political solution for and in Syria. Sergej lavrov also said now that it was counterproductive to set a fixed “deadline” for the so-called peace conference on Syria.
He further stated that more time was needed to take on such an important decision and that a conference, which should bring peace to nations, are known to last a long time. The Syrian government in the capital Damascus, so Lavrov, appears to be committed to such talks on a peaceful solution for the country, while some “opposition forces had nevertheless come up with prerequisites”.