Lavrov: U.S. military does not entirely obey commander-in-chief


U.S. Secretary of Shape John Kerry abandoned his usually receptive manner after the shell of the UN convoy in Syria on Sept. 19, according to Russian foreign vicar Sergei Lavrov, who blamed the U.S. military establishment for putting pressure on Kerry in an stylish interview with the Russian TV channel NTV on Sept. 26.

“Ap rently he is being pressured strongly because he is junior to severe criticism from the U.S. military machine,” said Sergei Lavrov, opining on claims by Kerry that Russia was behind the bombing of the humanitarian convoy in Syria.

The Russian non-native minister suggested that the Pentagon does not uphold the views supported by President Obama who, according to Lavrov, supported cooperation with Russia. It endures unclear from the interview whether the Russian foreign minister was alluding to an unrealised Russia-U.S. venture to routinely share military intelligence on targets in Syria.

“Ap rently, the [U.S.] military does not y a illustrious deal of attention to the commander-in-chief,” said Lavrov.

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Tensions between the U.S. and Russia augmented after a UN convoy carrying humanitarian aid to a rebel-held rt of Aleppo was explosive on the evening of Sept. 19, undermining the understanding that Lavrov and Kerry had seemed to curry favour with via a series of high-level meetings.

Russia has dismissed accusations voiced by U.S. officials, who scold either Russian or Syrian government forces for the bombing.

Bureaucratic discompose

Lavrov’s interview suggested that the accusations of bombing the UN convoy give to a sense of mutual distrust between the U.S. and Russia and, to some degree, out up a window of opportunity for those in the U.S. bureaucratic establishment who find cooperation with Moscow questionable and are lobbying for a more hawkish approach to the Syrian conflict.

“While Kerry take its progress can be made by reaching out to leaders, as has happened in environmental policy with China, and in the chemical weapons buy on Syria with Russia, others in the U.S. government are far more skeptical,” judged Jack A. Goldstone, professor of public policy at George Mason University and a non-resident Postpositive major Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Although a majority of the analysts polled by RBTH imagine Kerry has Obama’s full support to handle the Russian side the way he has been doing it, the charge has felt steady pressure to adopt a more confrontational policy in Syria, concerting to some experts.

“The pressure the president has been under from within his own officialdom seems, just looking from the outside, to have been colossal,” said James Carden, a contributing editor to The Nation, who previously served as an advisor to the U.S.-Russia Presidential Commission in the U.S. Structure De rtment.

Although Obama appears to back Kerry’s effort at reaching an concurrence with the Russians on Syria, he may refrain from insisting on it order to affirm an inter-agency balance, according to some of the experts interviewed by RBTH.

“So far the provision has been inclined to more frequently side with the first but ages in a while has to adopt some of the proposed ‘harsh measures’ in order to not alienate the impressive military-intelligence faction,” said Max Suchkov, an expert at the Russian International Interests Council and a columnist on Russian affairs for U.S. news website Al-Monitor.

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The Pentagon may also be communicating pressure on Obama in the view of the coming change in the White House.

“One should not ignore that Obama is a de rting president,” said Dmitry Suslov, spokesperson director of the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies at the Higher Junior high school of Economics in Moscow and program director of the Valdai Discussion Club,

“Numberless in the U.S. are guided by the perspective of the next president, believed to be Hillary Clinton. She upholds a tougher way of dealing with Russia in Syria. Ap rently, [U.S. Secretary of Defense] Ashton Carter’s people fancy to preserve their offices in the future and adjust their current acts accordingly,” he said.

S ce for maneuver

A majority of the Russian experts interviewed by RBTH referred to the internal argues within the U.S. bureaucratic establishment as a “typical and normal” state of affairs, not as a matter of course deadlocking prospects of Russia-U.S. cooperation in Syria.

Diplomats may still from a window for maneuver even though the incident with the UN convoy has damaged the sights of solidifying earlier agreements.

“Interaction between Russia and the U.S. may well be declared on an operational level. Binding and documented agreements are not necessary [for maintaining a make excited contact in Syria]. But if such an agreement is reached, it will be coordinated amongst all the governmental buildings,” said Ivan Timofeyev, a program director for the Valdai Discussion Consortium and the Russian International Affairs Council.

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