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Yemeni Forces Destroy Another Saudi Warship
A warship of the Saudi-led forces was destroyed after hitting a sea mine laid by the Yemeni army and popular forces in the coastal waters of Ta’iz province. “The Saudi-led warship was destroyed in the city of al-Mukha in Ta’iz province in Southwestern Yemen,” a Yemeni military source said. The source noted that all crew members of the warship were killed in the explosion. This is the 13th time that a Saudi warship is sent deep into the waters of Bab al-Mandab Strait by the Yemeni forces.
Qatari, Kuwaiti Forces Clash with Yemeni Army Near Saudi Borders
The Qatari and Kuwaiti ground forces clashed for the first time with Ansarullah fighters and Yemeni army near the Saudi borders on Friday night. Local sources reported that the clashes erupted in Saqam region in Jazan province near the borders with Yemen after the Yemeni army pushed back a Saudi aggression on bordering areas. According to al-Yaman al-Saied news website, after the clashes, the Saudi-led coalition fighter jets pounded the Yemeni army’s positions. No report has yet been released ont the number of casualties on either side.
Saudi Arabia launched its bombing campaign against Yemen in March 2015 in an attempt to restore power to fugitive President Mansour Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh. Hadi stepped down in January 2015 and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries. Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures. The Monarchy’s attacks have so far claimed the lives of at least 13,100 civilians, mostly women and children.
The crisis in Yemen and the prospects for Russian diplomacy
The role of Russia in the settlement Since the beginning of the Yemeni crisis, Moscow has held a position equidistant from all sides of the conflict. Continuing contacts with the legitimate authorities of Yemen headed by President A. Hadi, Russian diplomacy has built trust with other key players in the country – primarily with the Husites, as well as former President A. Saleh and his entourage. After the flight of the government of A. Hadi to Saudi Arabia and the beginning of the hot phase of the conflict, Russia remained the only major international player that retained, albeit in a truncated form, a diplomatic presence in Sanaa.
The passive position of our country does not correspond to its real mediating potential and is explained more by tactical considerations. The Russian embassy in Riyadh has established a working contact with A. Khadi and the government in exile who settled there. In the past two years, representatives of various political forces of Yemen, including Ansar Alla, the “General People’s Congress”, southerners from the “Southern Movement”, the functionaries of the Socialist Party, the Baath Party, etc., have repeatedly taken part in Moscow.
Nevertheless, Russia was not nominated for the first role in international assistance to the Yemeni peace process. Before the war, our diplomats in Sana’a operated within the framework of the Group of Ten Ambassadors, which subsequently expanded to the Group of Eighteen. In the same format, we also spoke during the inter-Seminary talks in Kuwait, where the Russian ambassador to Yemen, V. Dedushkin, was sent.
It appears that the passive position of our country does not correspond to its real mediation capacity and due more tactical considerations, because in part the status quo Russia is profitable – got stuck in Yemen, Saudi Arabia objectively can not completely switch to Syria, where Russian-Saudi contradictions seem particularly acute. However, at some point, Russia may be involved in the process is much more active and has a chance to make a breakthrough in the seemingly stalled process.
The inclusion of Russia at a later stage in external mediation efforts to resolve Yemen as a leading international force would be advantageous from several points of view.
Firstly, it further strengthen our status as an active military-political player in the region, able to make a real contribution to the settlement of crisis situations from the standpoint of an impartial mediator. Weaving in Russian military-political processes in this part of the Middle East will create a new “front diplomatic tension” for the key regional powers, especially Saudi Arabia, which will give us extra points in concert with other subjects, including Syria.
Second, the success of the Russian diplomatic efforts to reconcile Sunni coalition and legitimate government with Shiite rebels Huthis will allow us to correct the emerging among the Arab population (due to the support of B. Assad and special relationship with Iran) image Shi’ite ally.
Third, the consolidation of our position in Yemen and tying themselves politically Huthis and southerners will allow Russia to establish a foothold in this strategically located at the crossroads of world trade routes of the country (to be exact – to restore it, because at one time South Yemen was in orbit Soviet influence). Indirect evidence of the interest of the Yemeni parties to this statement are A. Saleh, in a television interview in August of readiness for all-round development of relations with Moscow, including provision of military bases on the territory of Yemen.
Honorary withdrawal from the war as a formal winner would be desirable for a young and ambitious successor to the Crown Prince, Defense Minister Salman bin Mohammed KSA. Finally, it will contribute to strengthening the international arena Russia’s image as a peacemaker and help to torpedo Western line on denigration of our country.
Given the current state of US relations with Moscow should work directly with the regional players, including Using disputes between the different parties of the coalition, primarily KSA and the UAE. Coalition this would save face, and announce his military victory, and its opponents to prevent the final destruction of the country and at the same time to consolidate its position and to guarantee a quota in the government of Yemen.
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