Russia presses EU to pay up for rebuilding Syria

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Margot2, Jan 10, 2018.

  1. Margot2

    Margot2 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2013
    Messages:
    58,915
    Likes Received:
    7,824
    Trophy Points:
    113
    The Europeans have already shouldered the financial burden of 6 million Syrian refugees while Russia supported Assad. I think I'd tell Russia to pound sand. What is Trump saying?

    Or they could get $200 Billion the Assad family has and start with that to rebuild Syria.

    Michael Peel in Brussels YESTERDAY A top Russian diplomat has urged the EU to launch reconstruction efforts in Syria within months, escalating a row over who should foot the bill for rebuilding the nation as President Bashar al-Assad reasserts his control. Vladimir Chizhov, Russia’s representative to the EU, told the Financial Times that European states would “bear the responsibility” if they failed to recognise that it was “high time” to back a programme likely to cost “dozens of billions” of euros.

    His comments are part of Moscow’s efforts to exploit Europe’s growing dilemma over how it can spend money to stem the flow of Syrian refugees without appearing to boost the regime in Damascus.

    The tensions over the issue have been rising as Moscow, which backs the Syrian government, has gained increasing sway over the peace process to end the near seven-year conflict. European diplomats acknowledge the potential for divisions in the bloc over Syria. Countries hosting millions of Syrians, such as Turkey and Lebanon, have been pressing the EU to help ease their refugee burdens.

    But European officials bristle at what they see as attempts by Moscow to force Europe to pick up the tab for Russia, whose fighter jets took part in the bombardment of rebel-held areas such as Aleppo. Syrian activists said last week that Russian warplanes were involved in bombing Eastern Ghouta, a besieged rebel-controlled area near Damascus, where recent fighting has killed dozens of people. Russia intervened militarily in the conflict in 2015 and tilted the balance of the war in the Syrian government’s favour as the rebels were driven from their urban strongholds. Moscow is now keen to secure a political process and halt its military operations in the Arab nation.

    President Vladimir Putin made an unexpected visit to the country last month to declare Russia’s mission accomplished. Recommended Syrian Kurds turn to Arab women to cement hold on power Opinion: Putin won the Syria war, but can he keep the peace? Special report: Lebanon’s bankers see reconstruction role in Syria But big EU states have insisted reconstruction funding will only flow after there is a peace agreement with a political transition process in place. “At the moment it’s in the EU’s interests to increase pressure on Russia by not putting any money in,” said one European diplomat familiar with Syria policy. “The fact that the Russians are getting upset shows that the pressure is beginning to tell.”

    The EU says it and its members are by far the largest donors of Syrian crisis relief so far, with more than €10bn allocated in humanitarian and development assistance. It says it is also “preparing the ground for the international community to start looking into the postwar reconstruction of Syria”. Still, Mr Chizhov said European states should be moving beyond just providing humanitarian assistance. “The EU wants to see political transition first, but in the meantime people are suffering,” he said. “So we believe that it’s high time to go beyond staple humanitarian aid to something more substantial.”

    continued

    https://www.ft.com/content/21483e5c-f22a-11e7-b220-857e26d1aca4
     
    ThorInc likes this.
  2. Margot2

    Margot2 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2013
    Messages:
    58,915
    Likes Received:
    7,824
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Don't you think the Assad family should use their money to rebuild Syria or at least remimburse the Europeans for sheltering 6 million refugees?
     
    mdrobster and ThorInc like this.
  3. Margot2

    Margot2 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2013
    Messages:
    58,915
    Likes Received:
    7,824
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Duplicate.
     
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2018
  4. ThorInc

    ThorInc Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2017
    Messages:
    14,385
    Likes Received:
    8,982
    Trophy Points:
    113
    This is the absolute best idea!
     
  5. Margot2

    Margot2 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2013
    Messages:
    58,915
    Likes Received:
    7,824
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Has Putin asked Trump to pay to rebuild Syria?
     
  6. PARTIZAN1

    PARTIZAN1 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2015
    Messages:
    22,516
    Likes Received:
    5,604
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    What the hell s wrong with that Putin anus head! Mexico will pay to fix up Syria !! Don't that Putin guy know nutin!
     
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2018
    toddwv, ThorInc and Margot2 like this.
  7. mdrobster

    mdrobster Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2011
    Messages:
    15,480
    Likes Received:
    1,797
    Trophy Points:
    113
    This is Syria's and Russia's bed, they made it, they can lie in it.
     
    navigator2 likes this.
  8. Margot2

    Margot2 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2013
    Messages:
    58,915
    Likes Received:
    7,824
    Trophy Points:
    113
    I agree. This war has cost Assad NOTHING.. and now he wants to the EU to rebuild his country.

    The Russians should pay for it, or Iran or the Assad family.
     
    mdrobster likes this.
  9. mdrobster

    mdrobster Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2011
    Messages:
    15,480
    Likes Received:
    1,797
    Trophy Points:
    113
    If it wasn't for Russia, Syria would have been overrun. Their hard handed tactics is what caused all the destruction, the use of chemical weapons et al, this is their issue.
     
    Margot2 likes this.
  10. Margot2

    Margot2 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2013
    Messages:
    58,915
    Likes Received:
    7,824
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Thank you.. ..
     
  11. Margot2

    Margot2 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2013
    Messages:
    58,915
    Likes Received:
    7,824
    Trophy Points:
    113
    I want to hear what Trump has to say. He's been oddly silent on Syria.
     
  12. Margot2

    Margot2 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2013
    Messages:
    58,915
    Likes Received:
    7,824
    Trophy Points:
    113
    I want to hear what Trump has to say. He's been oddly silent on Syria.
     
    mdrobster likes this.
  13. toddwv

    toddwv Well-Known Member Past Donor

    Joined:
    May 18, 2009
    Messages:
    30,415
    Likes Received:
    6,383
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Putin and his buddies have probably scraped enough money off the top of Russia's economy to pay for it by themselves.
     
  14. Margot2

    Margot2 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2013
    Messages:
    58,915
    Likes Received:
    7,824
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Celebrity Net Worth says Putin earns a salary of $187,000 a year as president, and has a net worth of $70 billion as of April 2017. His ownership stakes in major gas and oil companies have heavily contributed to his net worth. Use this net worth calculator to see how you stack up against Vladimir Putin.Apr 27, 2017
    Vladimir Putin Net Worth | Bankrate.com

    https://www.bankrate.com/lifestyle/celebrity-money/vladimir-putin-net-worth/
     
  15. mdrobster

    mdrobster Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2011
    Messages:
    15,480
    Likes Received:
    1,797
    Trophy Points:
    113
    He better not use US tax payer money to help.
     
    Margot2 likes this.
  16. mdrobster

    mdrobster Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2011
    Messages:
    15,480
    Likes Received:
    1,797
    Trophy Points:
    113
    He basically stole from all his political adversaries to obtain that wealth.
     
    Margot2 likes this.
  17. Margot2

    Margot2 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2013
    Messages:
    58,915
    Likes Received:
    7,824
    Trophy Points:
    113
    I hope he won't.. so weird that Trump hasn't uttered a peep about this.
     
  18. Margot2

    Margot2 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 9, 2013
    Messages:
    58,915
    Likes Received:
    7,824
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Have you ever watched the PBS program called "Putin's Way"? He sure has made himself rich. 70 Billion is a conservative estimate.

    I am just puzzled why Trump has gone completely silent on this.. Do you suppose he's afraid of Putin?
     
    mdrobster likes this.
  19. gc17

    gc17 Well-Known Member Donor

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2016
    Messages:
    5,187
    Likes Received:
    2,007
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Why?
     
  20. Seth Bullock

    Seth Bullock Well-Known Member Past Donor

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2015
    Messages:
    7,149
    Likes Received:
    3,237
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Ha! If I know Trump, he won't pay a nickel to rebuild Syria, unless maybe Syria throws out the Russians, gives us their navy base, and signs a peace treaty with the Israelis ceding the Golan Heights to Israel.

    Yeah, then he might think about it.

    So I would say, fat chance.
     

Share This Page