Louth and Horncastle MP Sir Peter Tapsell has warned Prime Minister David Cameron that Russia ‘will never allow the regime’ of Syria to be overthrown.
Speaking in the House of Commons on Tuesday, the long-serving MP urged Mr Cameron against intervening in the ongoing Syrian conflict.
He said: “This is fundamentally a religious war between the Shi’a and the Sunni, which has raged within Islam for 1,300 years.
“econdly, the Alawites, who are a branch of the Shi’a, will fight to the end, because they believe—and so does the large Christian minority in Syria—that they will be massacred if the Sunni overthrow the present regime.
“Thirdly, Russia will never allow the regime to be overthrown, because its overthrow would mean a humiliating defeat for President Putin, who made his reputation by crushing the Sunni rebellion in Chechnya.”
The Prime Minister said he did not see the Syrian opposition as a ‘purely religious grouping’.
“I see a group of people who have declared that they are in favour of democracy, human rights and a future for minorities, including Christians, in Syria,” he said.
“That is the fact of the matter. Secondly, of course the Russians have long supported the regime, but they can see the damage that is being done to Syria and to their reputation throughout the middle east.
“That is why it is a good time to push all parties towards the political transition that is so deeply needed in this area.”