At the moment neither the authorities nor the rebels are interested in Geneva-2
With the approach of the official date of the Geneva-2 international peace conference on a settlement of the Syrian conflict, Russia is actively preparing for the meeting.In particular, the Russian Foreign Ministry has recently made a proposal to hold consultations preceding the conference with UN special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi and representatives of the regime of Bashar al-Assad. The Russian expert community is also not avoiding discussion of Geneva-2.Thus, the director of the Center for Public Policy Research, Vladimir Yevseyev, said in an interview with Vestnik Kavkaza that the conference will become nothing more than an interim step. "...the opposition does not want to negotiate, Bashar al-Assad does not want to negotiate, no one is ready for the actual formation of an interim government," Yevseyev said.The expert suggested that the conference should result in a plan for future actions but will not solve all the problems.Advisor to the Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation, Deputy Chairman of the Association of Russian Diplomats Andrey Baklanov, proposed turning the Geneva-2 meeting into an event attended by those who are interested in peace. The expert of the Russian Council on Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Petr Stegniy, highlighted the heterogeneous composition of the opposition movement and talked about controversies existing between various groups. In his opinion, this is the greatest challenge of Syria's transition to a consolidated society and peace.With the approach of the official date of the Geneva-2 international peace conference on a settlement of the Syrian conflict, Russia is actively preparing for the meeting.
Moscow is offering a platform for informal talks between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, the Syrian opposition and Lakhdar Brahimi, Special Envoy of the UN and Arab League, said Mikhail Bogdanov, Special Russian Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and Deputy Foreign Minister.
The director of the Center of Socio-Political Studies, Vladimir Yevseyev, commented on the current situation in Syria and predicted the development of the situation in the future. According to the expert, certain goals will unlikely be fulfilled at the upcoming summit Geneva-2, and Geneva-3 talks can be expected.
The head of the Center of Studying Modern Iran, Radjab Safarov, the senior scientists of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the RAS, Vladimir Sazhin, and the director of the Center of Socio-Political Studies, Vladimir Yevseyev, commented on the situation over Iran, its nuclear program and sanctions against Tehran. Iran and 5+1 international mediators (Russia, the U.S., the UK, France, China, and Germany) can sign a framework treaty this week, Reuters reports, citing the head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Experts on Iran nuclear talks
Following the latest round of Iran's talks with the 5+1 group, Director of the Centre for Political and Social Reaserch Vladimir Yevseyev discussed the prospects of Iran's relations with Western powers.
The meeting between the six international negotiators and the new Iranian delegation which has just taken place in Geneva has led to mixed impressions
The director of the Center for Public Policy Research, Vladimir Yevseyev, believes that the rapprochement between the U.S. and Iran is a complex process, the promotion of which is dependent on many factors. However, in his opinion, Russia should amend its agenda in relations with Iran, or Russia will be ousted from the region.
What will happen to Russian-Iranian relations as a result of the US-Iranian rapprochement?
The resumption of dialogue between the United States and Iran last week immediately drew the attention of political analysts all over the world. The prospects of US-Iranian relations were discussed today by the head of the Centre for Modern Iranian Studies, Radzhab Safarov, member of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Boris Dolgov, and the head of the Centre of Social and Political Research, Vladimir Yevseyev.
Vladimir Yevseyev, Director of the Center for Socio-Political Studies, believes that the attack on the Russian Embassy in Tripoli (Libya) was an act of vengeance for Moscow’s support for Syria. Qatar has great influence on Libya and continues financing of its radical groups, says the expert.
Russian experts’ views
Tehran may organize resistance on the occupied territory
Russia wants to coordinate actions with Iran
Rajab Safarov, Director General of the Center for Studies of Modern Iran, Vladimir Yevseyev, Director of the Center for Socio-Political Studies, Sergey Ivanov, an ambassador and Advisor of the President of the Russian Diplomatic Academy, and Alexander Kuznetsov, Deputy Director of the Institute for Forecasts and Political Settlement, have discussed realization of the Greater Middle East project by the US, their allies and Arabian sponsors.
Professor Fikret Sadykhov of the Western University emphasized the peaceful visit of Azerbaijani ships under command of Vice Admiral Shakhin Sultanov, Commanded of the Azerbaijani Naval Forces, to Astrakhan. He said that it will be a return visit after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s meeting in Azerbaijan where he had met President Ilham Aliyev and signed agreements.
Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan can become leaders of a Turkic alliance in the near future, the director of the Center of Socio-Political Studies, Vladimir Yevseyev, thinks. He stated his opinion at a round-table discussion “Turkic people and Turkic languages in the context of globalization”, which took place in the press center of the Kazakh embassy in Russia. At the discussion scientists and experts discussed prospects for the Council for Cooperation between Turkic-Speaking States, which was founded in September 2010 in Istanbul with the participation of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and the prime minister of Turkey. At the moment the problem of improving economic ties between the countries is being discussed.
Without waiting for an international investigation, the U.S. and its allies have accused the government of Syria of using chemical weapons on August 21 near Damascus. Director of the Center for Public Policy Research Vladimir Yevseyev spoke about whether the West will strike at Syria, torn by civil war. According to military experts, military intervention in the Syrian conflict could further destabilize the region. Vladimir Yevseyev believes that Iran will not remain on the sidelines; it will intercede for its ally.
Russian experts see only losses from a possible strike on Syria