Kosachev: 2016 will become the world test for negotiability

Kosachev: 2016 will become the world test for negotiability


Success in fighting terrorism depends on the ability of the world to agree, said Senator Konstantin Kosachev. According to him, the trend in world politics will have an understanding of the inevitability of cooperation with Russia on Syria and Ukraine.

MOSCOW, 1 Jan. Coming 2016-th year will be a test of the world community to negotiate in the resolution of conflicts in the middle East and Ukraine, said the head of the international Committee of the Federation Council Konstantin Kosachev.

Summing up the results of the past year, the Senator regretted that the minuses in international politics was more than pluses.

“The results of the year in foreign policy would be called moderately optimistic. We started with the birth of a new organization — the Eurasian economic Union, and this is a big plus for the year. A plus was the agreement the six world powers with Iran,” — said Kosachev on Friday.

In his opinion, given the crisis backdrop against which managed to achieve this goal, it is an undoubted and very significant success. “Let’s not forget that due to the Minsk agreements managed to avoid the “big war” in the South-East of Ukraine”, the MP added.

“But the minuses were, alas, more. Among which the main two tragedies with the Russian aircraft,” — said Kosachev.

A321 Russian “Kogalymavia” (Metrojet), flying from the Egyptian Sharm El-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, was wrecked on 31 October 2015 over Sinai. In the crash, which Russian authorities acknowledged the attack, killing 224 people.

Russian su-24 on November 24 was shot down by Turkish F-16s over Syrian territory and fell four kilometers from the border with Turkey. The Russian President Vladimir Putin called it a “stab in the back from supporters of terrorists”. Ankara claims that the su-24 entered its airspace. The General staff of the Russian Federation stated that the plane boundary is not crossed, confirmed by Syrian air defenses.

“I would say that in both cases, the reason for the attacks. Just in one of the situations his performers were Turkish military, acting on instructions from his authorities,” the Senator said.

According to him, unfortunately, is stagnating and the Minsk process in Ukraine, this means that people in Donbass are dying, but so far Kiev has a vested interest in the implementation of the Minsk agreements (and haven’t), and the West will punish Russia, nothing will.

“But the mood is changing in Europe. Understanding the futility of sanctions and the inevitability of cooperation with Russia on Syria, in Ukraine, in matters of economy and security in Europe is becoming ever more popular. Yes, it’s still not a majority, but not silent”, — said Kosachev.

In his opinion, this will remain the trend for 2016. “With the caveat: unless there is some big trouble again you will find “Russian trace”. Do not want to prophesy, but this we need to fear”, he added.

The situation in Syria and the middle East will remain volatile, said Kosachev. According to him, we are dealing with a very serious enemy, ready to accept the challenge of any coalition. “So the success depends not on a single, albeit the most decisive action, and on the ability of the world to agree. 2016 will be a test of the global community to negotiate,” — said the head of Committee of the Federation Council.

This also applies to the Ukrainian conflict, he said. “It will stay “hot” just as much as Kiev believes in a military option, and the West — sanctions win. When these illusions will melt, will be a success”, — concluded the Senator.