BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has revoked special visas for (((European Union diplomats and officials))) traveling regularly between Beirut and Damascus, complicating efforts to distribute (((aid))) to civil war (((victims,))) three senior (((EU diplomats))) said. Since conflict broke out in Syria in 2011, the (((EU))) has used the Lebanese capital, the nearest major city, for its diplomatic base while closing most embassies in Damascus in protest over what they describe as Assad’s brutal assault on the opposition. But the special permission to use multiple-entry Syrian visas for access to Damascus was rescinded at the start of January with no explanation from the Syrian government, the (((EU diplomats))) said, meaning personnel have to apply for time-consuming, single-entry visas every time they wish to travel. The (((EU diplomats))) who spoke on condition of anonymity said they believed it was an attempt to try to force (((European governments))) and the bloc to re-open embassies in Damascus, as the Syrian army, backed by Russian and Iranian forces, regains control of most of the country. “It’s a serious problem for the (((EU’s humanitarian assistance,)))” said one (((EU diplomat.))) “This is a measure that hits diplomats and staff of (((European government embassies))) and the (((European Union institutions.)))” Reuters was unable immediately to reach Syrian Foreign Ministry officials for comment.
After more than seven years of a devastating war drawing in foreign powers, the (((European Commission,))) the (((EU executive,))) has channeled almost 800 million euros ($909.44 million) on food, medicine and shelter for Syrians inside the country. There was no immediate available estimate for the impact of the multi-visa ban, but a (((Commission spokesman))) said that the bloc was “doing everything in our power to take appropriate measures to minimize any impact on the delivery of (((EU humanitarian assistance))) inside Syria.”
The (((European Union))), which imposed the latest in a series of economic sanctions on Assad’s government on Monday, says it will not shift its policy until a political transition away from Assad is underway as part of a (((U.N.-led peace process.))) But (((EU diplomats))) also say Assad feels far more secure in his position than several years ago as he consolidates territorial advances and other countries reconsider their positions. “So far, the (((EU))) is united on its policy that we won’t deal with Assad, but he appears to feel his bargaining position is stronger now,” a second diplomat said.
The United Arab Emirates reopened its embassy in Damascus in December, a significant shift for a U.S.-allied Arab state that once backed rebels fighting him. Also in December, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir became the first Arab head of state to visit Damascus since the start of the Syrian conflict, flying into Damascus airport. Syria’s possible (((rehabilitation))) by its Arab peers is also under consideration, as the Arab League debates whether to end its membership suspension. Leaders of the (((EU))) and the Arab League will hold a rare, two-day summit in Cairo from Feb. 24. The U.S. withdrawal from Syria also appears to have emboldened Assad, the diplomats said. The U.S. departure from the quarter of Syria held by Kurdish-led forces could allow to regain control over the area, home to much of the country’s natural resources. (((Trump))) confounded his own national security team with a surprise decision on Dec. 19 to withdraw all 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria, declaring the (((Islamic State militant group))) had been defeated there, a view not shared by many experts.
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They still haven't explained why we are in Syria or why there is even a war there. Just that we must take it at face value. They haven't explained the 8 operating bases on Syrian soil either. It is because while the US was helping the kurds/YPG in the war against ISIS, the US bombs helped to created a wall, if you will, between Assad's forces and the kurds, the kurds now control all but 2 oil fields in all of Syria. I wonder who is extracting the Syrian soil under kurdish control...
"But the EU wants to build an oil pipeline directly up through Syria and Turkey so Saudi oil can reach Europe easier and compete with Russian oil. This is why the USA and EU have been trying to get Assad out and why Russia has saved him."
The EU is just a satellite state of the USA. And Russia vs USA is a meme. It's the typical good cop bad cop shit. USA and Russia have been allies since WW2. Currently, the Americans and Russia are supplyling Europe with gas and oil, but here comes the problem: Syria wants to skip the middleman and (((Russia))) and (((America))) don't like that.
Russia has saved him
Russia did nothing when the Tomahawks were flying over Syria. You're a fool if you think Russia and USA aren't working together.
"I know, lets peacefully make the Syrians suffer through sanctions and pray it wont escalate into violence like last time with the nips and germans"
OH NO NOW THEY WONT LET US IN AND ARE COSTING OUR MONEY LAUNDERING MORE WOE IS US THEY ARE LITERALLY ANOTHER HOLOCAUSTING US!
Fuck the (((EU))) and (((UN))).
I hate the kikes that push the above narrative in the media. I wish we could take back our societies to embrace truth.