Russia hosted secret meeting with Syria and USA before meeting with Netanyahu?
By Ian Greenhalgh on July 31, 2016
Putin and Assad reportedly discussed the possibility of a comprehensive agreement with Israel including the Golan Heights.
As I reported recently, many people in the intelligence community, particularly those in the Middle East are certain that there is some kind of secret deal in place between Russia and the USA regarding the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. We have no clear evidence of this, just strong suspicions.
However, we may have uncovered a strong piece of circumstantial evidence of such a deal in this report of a secret meeting held in Moscow in early June between Putin, Assad and US representatives prior to the publicised meeting between Putin and Netanyahu.
Why hold a secret meeting if not to discuss secret deals? The participation of the US makes it doubly suspicious.
If this secret meeting did in fact take place as reported, then it is hugely significant both to the Syrian conflict and to the wider picture that includes Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Israel.
Report: Assad and Putin held secret meeting, discussed Israel
Syrian President Bashar Assad secretly visited Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, just days before the latter met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in June, Lebanese newspaper Al-Joumhouria reported Thursday.
Putin and Assad discussed the crisis in Syria as well as the possibility of a comprehensive agreement with Israel, including the Golan Heights, Al-Joumhouria reported, however the Kremlin denied the report.
The Lebanese paper also reported that the American government was involved in the secret meeting.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will reportedly be part of the process on an overall regional plan when it is presented to him during an upcoming visit to Moscow on August 9.
Syrian news agency SANA also reported Thursday that Assad has issued a decree granting amnesty to all rebels who turn in their weapons to Syrian authorities.
“Assad called on the rebels to lay down their arms and return to the homeland,” SANA reported.
Assad also called on all Syrians to stand together as one alongside the Syrian army and to eradicate the roots of terrorism.
“This is an opportunity for all those who bore arms against the regime to show their will to belong to the Syrian homeland and to join the re-establishment of the state,” SANA quoted Assad as saying.