The Russian President's envoy to the Middle East and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said that he supports "the participation of representatives of the Kurdish component" in what he called the "constitutional reform process" in Syria.
He added, during an interview with "Russia Today" channel: "If we are talking about constitutional reform, we support the participation of representatives of the Kurds as well in the process, and this will prevent any accusations of secession."
"Therefore, we support that Syrians, regardless of their sectarian or ethnic affiliations, find compromise solutions in their relations, based on the principles of preserving the unity and sovereignty of the Syrian territories. He continued.
Not serious positions
These Russian invitations coincided with a visit by the Russian Defense Minister to Syria and a visit by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Damascus government, Faisal Miqdad, to Moscow.
Despite these Russian calls, the Damascus government, sponsored by Moscow, continues to launch hostile stances and statements towards the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. Where the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Damascus government, Faisal Miqdad, accused the latter again of "separatism", during a press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.
In this context, writer and journalist Hussein Omar ruled out the possibility of Bogdanov’s calls turning into a serious movement, and said: “I do not think, because the statements of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Damascus regime are clear, which is that the Autonomous Administration is considered a separatist party, which means that the Russian calls did not reach and beat the drums of the ears of staff of the regime; indeed, the regime that continues in its nationalist, racist, and denial vision and adheres to the only prevailing nationalism will not change, which is evidence of the lack of seriousness of the Russian calls.
These Russian calls are not the first of their kind, as they were preceded by many similar calls, and most of them were at a time when the differences between Russia and Turkey appeared in Syria and the world in general.
Regarding the seriousness of these calls, writer and journalist Hussein Omar said: "There is no seriousness in these calls, but rather they are messages directed to Turkey that if you, Erdogan, stand with America and Ukraine, we will support the Kurds, because Russia knows that Erdogan will give up everything in exchange for that the Kurds are being excluded from the political process."
These calls come in conjunction with the escalation on the Ukrainian border between Russia and its allies on one side and America and its allies on the other, while Turkey is trying to play on the contradictions there as it did in Syria.
On this, Omar said: "Russia has been using the Kurdish card since 2015, as a weapon in the face of Turkey, and made concession after concession to it in order to satisfy its ambitions (the ambitions of the Turkish Mithaq Mîllî) in an attempt to distance Turkey from America and NATO, which has not happened so far. Erdogan has benefited from Russian concessions much more than his partnership with America and in NATO. What Russia provided to Erdogan was a distant dream if he waited for it to be achieved by the American administration. He occupied the majority of the Syrian-Turkish border thanks to Russian complicity and support.
The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, in turn, welcomed these calls, but stressed the need for all components of the region to participate in the political process.
The administration said in a statement, "Bogdanov's statements on the issue of the Constitutional Committee in Syria, and his touch on the necessity of the participation of the Autonomous Administration's regions in them, express the reality of the Syrian need at this stage as before other stages."
It added: "Where these statements are consistent with the vision of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria about the necessity of seeing the Syrian reality as it is, with the need for all Syrians with all their components to participate in the Syrian solution and dialogue process and to participate in the constitution drafting committee, which expresses the Syrians' need and guarantees them a just and equal future."
It pointed out that "the statements are positive and encouraging. We renew our position in our full readiness for any efforts to ensure the achievement of the Syrian solution and consensus."
In this context, writer and journalist Hussein Omar spoke about Russia's invitation to the Kurds only, saying: "It is exactly the position of the regime. Russia, like the regime, wants to strip the Autonomous Administration of the Kurds first, and therefore to say that the Kurds of the Autonomous Administration are not representatives of all the Kurds, so we will not negotiate with them unless they form a joint delegation, knowing that this is almost impossible. This apparent aspect of the invitation, but the real face of it is to create hostility between the components of the region and sow doubt and mistrust between them, and thus, as the regime does with Russian support, it opens centers of reconciliation and repentance for the people of the region.
Hussein Omar concluded his speech by saying: "Thus, Russian calls are support for the regime's positions that reject any political solution that preserves their legitimate rights for all within the framework of a pluralistic, decentralized democratic state. In short, Russia is not looking for a real solution to the Syrian murderer, but rather works to impose agendas that serve its interests."