The United States and its allies should not forget their own mistakes in the military resolution of conflicts, Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday.
Commenting on an internal memo allegedly written by US State Department diplomats to President Barack Obama, Zakharova said: “Regardless of whether this letter was sent or not – we’ve seen quotes. We are talking about the fact that all international formats set up with US participation, the corresponding resolution of UN Security Council, documents adopted after the meeting of the International Syria Support Group, say that no military scenario for resolving the Syrian issue is considered. Only peaceful path, only political dialogue – only these approaches. The main thing is that it was already outlined in legal documents.”
However, “we know that tough debates are underway in US on military or peaceful scenarios on any issue,” she continued. “We saw this in case with the Iranian nuclear program, we remember how high-ranking officials called for resolving the issue of Iranian nuclear program by military means. Here’s a concrete example of how wisdom gained the upper hand. We now see an issue that has truly been resolved, and not exacerbated,” she said.
Zakharova expressed hope that “those mistakes that were made by US and all illegal coalitions in Iraq and in other places on regime change, on military solution, on absence of professional approach toward resolving the conflict – they will not be forgotten after all.”
The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that “more than 50 State Department diplomats have signed an internal memo sharply critical of the Obama administration’s policy in Syria, urging the United States to carry out military strikes against the government of President Bashar al-Assad to stop its persistent violations of a cease-fire in the country’s five-year-old civil war.”
The New York Times confirmed the information saying that “dozens of State Department officials this week protested against US policy in Syria, signing an internal document that calls for targeted military strikes against the Damascus government and urging regime change as the only way to defeat Islamic State.” “The ‘dissent channel cable’ was signed by 51 State Department officers involved with advising on Syria policy in various capacities, according to an official familiar with the document,” NYT added.