On Sunday, the foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia Adel al-Jubayr, at a press conference in Riyadh said that there is an alternative action plan that provides for Assad’s removal by peaceful or military means, reports Reuters. This plan can be applied if the Syrian government and its allies do not fulfill the terms of the agreement on settlement of the conflict. Damascus and Moscow, according to al-Jubeir, the ceasefire break.
“I believe that the truce will be an important indicator of the severity of the peace settlement of the Syrian crisis, including the establishment of a provisional government and the transfer of power from Bashar (Assad) to that body, said the Saudi Minister.
In the words of al-Jubeir responded the Deputy foreign Minister of Russia Mikhail Bogdanov. “This statement is totally contrary to the decisions of the UN security Council adopted unanimously, and the resolutions were adopted in accordance with the understandings reached in the framework of the Vienna format, which involved Saudi Arabia along with the USA, Russia and Turkey,” Bogdanov was quoted by the Agency “Interfax”.
He stressed that the agreements on Syria there is no “plan B”. Bogdanov noted that there is a Russian-American statement, and all partners must execute it.
The President of Russia Vladimir Putin and US leader Barack Obama on 22 February, agreed to a ceasefire in Syria. The next day, The Wall Street Journal newspaper with reference to sources in the administration of U.S. President said that the leaders of the Pentagon and the CIA are trying to make Obama preparing “plan B” in case of failure of agreements. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov on February 25 ruled out the emergence of such a plan.
February 27, entered into force on UNSC resolution on cessation of all hostilities, including attacks by the Russian air force HQs and the US-led coalition. The agreement does not extend to strikes on the positions of the “Islamic state”, “jabhat al-EN-Nusra” (organization banned in Russia) and other factions, which the UN security Council recognized terrorist.