Russia offers peacekeepers for Golan Heights


Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Friday, June 7, 2013. AP Photo

MOSCOW— President Vladimir Putin offered on Friday to send Russian troops to the Golan Heights to replace the Austrians who are withdrawing from the U.N. peacekeeping force that monitors the disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces.

“Naturally, that will happen only if the regional powers show interest in our proposal and if the U.N. secretary-general asks us to do that,” Putin said, adding that Ban Ki-moon had personally asked him to increase Russia’s participation in U.N. peacekeeping operations during a visit to Russia last month.

Putin’s offer was quickly turned down, however, by Josephine Guerrero, a spokeswoman for the U.N. peacekeeping department. She said that while the offer was appreciated, the disengagement agreement does not allow the participation of troops from a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council.

Austria announced Thursday that it is withdrawing 377 U.N. peacekeepers from the Golan Heights after Syrian rebels briefly overran a crossing point near the border with Israel.

The United Nations is urgently looking for troops to replace the Austrians, who made up a sizeable portion of the 911-member peacekeeping force. The Philippines and India also contribute troops.

Israel has expressed concern about the security of the crossing point on the demilitarized area on the plateau that Israel captured from Syria in 1967.

The Kremlin said Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed Syria during a telephone conversation on Friday. No details were given.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke with Ban about Syria, including the escalation of tensions on the Golan Heights, the ministry said.

The U.N. Security Council planned to discuss the peacekeeping mission later Friday.

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  • Anonymous

    Does this Supreme Court deserve respect? Does this Supreme Court still have credibility and moral ascendancy? With dockets clogged in the lower courts all the way back to God knows what year, how many cases are also in limbo with the High Tribunal, awaiting decision by the illustrious justices? Could it be that, in the end, it’s just really all about the money? Well, let’s talk about the money. If we gave the judiciary all the money it needs, will we see an improved justice system, running at a faster pace?

  • Guest

    Russia in the Golan Heights will mean missiles and weapons get smuggled to Assad of Syria.
    Which means Rebels will attack Golan Heights.
    Which means PHILIPPINES should have withdrawn from the Golan Heights at the same time as Austria.
    Which means Russia intervenes in Syria.
    Which means Israel attacks Syria (Rebels and/or Assad).
    Which means Iran gets involved.
    Which means USA gets involved.
    Which means EU/NATO gets involved.

    Which means the prophecy in Isaiah 17 coming true at some point…
    Which means the destruction of the city of Damascus.

    • kanoy





      send TAIWANESE troops to the Golan Heights to replace the FILIPINO who
      are withdrawing from the U.N. peacekeeping force that monitors the
      disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces.

      • $31894643

        kanoy <===== chekwang ptaygutom 50 Cents Party ng Peoples Liberation Army ng Tsina.

      • Guest

        There are over a hundred countries that could volunteer. You should be asking: Why does Russia want “in”? The simple answer: It’s in the country’s best interest.

    • Tambukikoy

      Ayan naging pastor ka na . dios ko santisima parang nag lelecture sa divinity school of bukols. Halos lahat alam mo parang propheto .

      • $31894643

        Ktawa-twa yung gamit mo ng wkang pnoy dre. Di kaya ikaw yung tsekwang ptaygutom na propagandista ng 50 Cents Party ng Tsina?

  • Hans v.d. B

    Just something about Russia (you know the big country with
    tens of thousands of nuclear weapons and advanced delivery
    systems) and a clear WAR WARNING TO NATO.

    Russian Admiral Eduard Balin (former commander of the Russian
    Black Sea Fleet) was quoted by Russian news media as saying:
    “Despite the apparent strength of the NATO naval group in the
    Black Sea….a single salvo from the Moskva missile cruiser
    and two or thee missile boats would be enough to annihilate
    the entire group. Within twenty minutes the waters would be
    clear.” The Moskva is the world’s only currently serving
    ‘heavy battle cruiser’ and the most powerful non-carrier
    surface ship in the world.

    There are various theories as to why the United States
    (or more specifically why the neo-cons who control the
    US government) would want to push Russia into a global
    war; just as there are various theories why tiny Israel
    would want to involve itself in a battle against a massive
    nuclear power like Russia, who could turn Iran and Syria
    into nuclear armed states overnight if it chose to.

    Many say that the neo-cons are simply crazy and that their
    maneuvers have failed. Others would say that the neo-cons
    are simply pawns in a larger Grand Strategy game that the
    global banking families have been playing for a couple of
    centuries and that a Third World War is required to
    establish the New World Order/global government that
    they intend to establish and establish soon. If the
    latter is the case, a little thing like advanced 21st
    Century warfare will get in the way. There is simply
    NO WAY that mankind can survive a Third World War.
    The levels of destructive firepower and technology
    are simply too great.

  • Banono

    Allowing the Russians there will be like letting the fox inside the chicken house.

  • 56u4puvv

    President quickly offered his troops as peace keeping force but immediately denied. Buking agad, alam kasi na may balak…pro syrian so what do you expect?

  • bok

    Never trust the Russians. Never !

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