Russia and Syria

US admits Russia major player in Middle East

US admits Russia major player in Middle East

US Republican Senator John McCain has conceded Russia is a key player in the Middle East due to efforts of the Russian President Vladimir Putin. “He’s played a very weak hand in the most …

Syrian rebels agree to attend Astana peace talks

Syrian rebels agree to attend Astana peace talks

A leader of Jaysh al-Islam, Mohammed Alloush, will head the rebel delegation

Putin and Nazarbayev discuss preparations for Astana talks on Syria

Putin and Nazarbayev discuss preparations for Astana talks on Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed preparations for Syria talks in Astana with his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev by phone on Thursday, the Kremlin said in a statement. The sides …

Russia defeated United States in Syria

Russia defeated United States in Syria

In the process of the Syrian conflict settlement America has lost leadership and turned into observer, Moscow currently has the leading role. "The United States are bitter about the fact that bloodshed in Syria lasts for several …

Turkish foreign minister reveals date of Syria talks in Astana

Turkish foreign minister reveals date of Syria talks in Astana

The talks on the settlement of the Syrian armed conflict will begin in Astana, Kazakhstan, on January 23, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview with the Anadolu news agency broadcast. "The …

Why Russia-brokered Syrian ceasefire has chance of succeeding

Why Russia-brokered Syrian ceasefire has chance of succeeding

In the case of Syria peace drive Moscow is at centre of decision making while US is out in the cold

Putin, Assad discuss Syrian ceasefire, Astana talks in phone call

Putin, Assad discuss Syrian ceasefire, Astana talks in phone call

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar Assad discussed in a phone call on Thursday recent agreements on nationwide truce and transition to peace process in war-torn …

Russian embassy in Damascus shelled twice

Russian embassy in Damascus shelled twice

The Russian embassy in Syrian capital of Damascus was shelled twice on Wednesday afternoon, Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, calling it a provocation aimed at derailing peace settlement in the country, Reuters reported. It …

Russia#039s Economy Goes Out Of Recession

Russia's Economy Goes Out Of Recession

It can surprise next year by accelerating growth to 1.5%

Putin reveals real cause of Palmyra events

Putin reveals real cause of Palmyra events

The situation in Palmyra is a result of discordant actions of the US-led coalition, Syrian authorities and Russia, the Russian President Vladimir Putin said.  "Everything that happens in Palmyra is the result …

Militants violate deal on evacuation from Aleppo

Militants violate deal on evacuation from Aleppo

Militants in Syria’s Aleppo violated the agreement on leaving the city and used the ceasefire to begin hostilities again, the Russian reconciliation center said. The center said that it had prepared means for evacuation of …

Mogherini: no EU member state asked for anti-Russian sanctions over Syria

Mogherini: no EU member state asked for anti-Russian sanctions over Syria

No member state of the European Union asked for sanctions against Russia over the situation in Syria at the EU Foreign Affairs Council on Monday, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said, Sputnik reports. …

Russian bombardment forces Daesh out of Palmyra

Russian bombardment forces Daesh out of Palmyra

Russian airstrikes have forced Daesh fighters from the centre of the Unesco world heritage city of Palmyra in Syria, hours after they had attempted to retake it, The Guardian reports. The Russian attack forced the militants to …

Russia has never imposed its decisions on Syria, Assad says

Russia has never imposed its decisions on Syria, Assad says

Russia has never "made attempts to impose its decisions on Syria during the entire history of its bilateral relations," President Bashar Assad said on Wednesday in an interview with the Al-Watan daily, TASS reports. …

Washington condemns shelling of Russian hospital in Aleppo

Washington condemns shelling of Russian hospital in Aleppo

The US State Department condemns shelling of the Russian mobile hospital in eastern Aleppo, which killed two medics, the US State Department spokesman, Mark Toner, said. "Washington condemns any attack on a hospital …

Russia, the middleman keeping Turkey and Syria from clashing

Russia, the middleman keeping Turkey and Syria from clashing

Turkey’s climbdown against Damascus indicates Russia is calling the shots and keeping two hostile states from fighting

US, Russia Exploring Ways to Break Deadlock Over Syria

US, Russia Exploring Ways to Break Deadlock Over Syria

The U.S. and Russia would not wait for President-elect Donald Trump

Moscow  Syrian opposition in secret talks to stop Aleppo fighting

Moscow & Syrian opposition in secret talks to stop Aleppo fighting

Leaders of the Syrian opposition are now holding negotiations with Russian representatives to end the fighting in Aleppo, four anonymous Syrian opposition figures said, RT reports citing Financial Times. The US is allegedly not aware of …

Russia may use Iran#039s Hamadan base if Admiral Kuznetsov moves away from Syria

Russia may use Iran's Hamadan base if Admiral Kuznetsov moves away from Syria

Russia could use Iran's Hamadan airbase in case the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier used for anti-terror strikes in Syria moves away from the Syrian borders for a new mission, the Russian upper house of parliament's defense committee …

Assad says Donald Trump is a #039natural ally#039 to Damascus, Russia and Iran

Assad says Donald Trump is a 'natural ally' to Damascus, Russia and Iran

Provided the US president fulfils his pledge to fight 'terrorists'

 Russian Foreign Ministry: Turkey#039s participation in talks on Syria to be helpful

Russian Foreign Ministry: Turkey's participation in talks on Syria to be helpful

Russia sees as helpful the future inclusion of Turkey and Iraq into Syrian crisis settlement talks between Moscow, Damascus and Tehran, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s director of the Second Asian Department, Zamir …

Defense Ministry: Russia, US have different ideas about humanitarian aid for Aleppo

Defense Ministry: Russia, US have different ideas about humanitarian aid for Aleppo

Russia and the United States have different ideas about humanitarian aid for citizens of the Syrian city of Aleppo, Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Sunday as he commented the statement of the US …

Russian military streaming pics of humanitarian corridors in Aleppo

Russian military streaming pics of humanitarian corridors in Aleppo

The Russian military has set up cameras in Aleppo that will display live pictures of the humanitarian corridors for militants online. A unilateral ceasefire in the embattled Syrian city came into force at 9am local time on Friday and will last …

Russian helicopter hit in Syria, crew unhurt

Russian helicopter hit in Syria, crew unhurt

The Russian military says one of its helicopters in Syria has come under rebel fire and made an emergency landing, but no crew members were hurt, Daily Mail reports. The military's Reconciliation Center in Syria says the …

Russian State Duma official killed in Syria

Russian State Duma official killed in Syria

Former assistant of the State Duma deputy from LDPR Mikhail Degtyarev, 38-year-old Sergey Morozov, was killed in Syria, media reported. The tragedy happened on March 9th. Morozov was killed when he fell …

Russia’s Defense Ministry: Russian aircraft did not perform any flights over Aleppo for 13 days

Russia’s Defense Ministry: Russian aircraft did not perform any flights over Aleppo for 13 days

The Russian Ministry of Defense informed that Russian and Syrian aircraft have not performed any flights over the city of Aleppo for 13 days already,  the ministry's official spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on …

Moscow and Damascus discuss joint actions

Moscow and Damascus discuss joint actions

Head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria discussed joint activities in November at the meeting with representatives of the Supreme National Committee of Syria, the Center reported. During the meeting they discussed issues …

Moscow demands international community to evaluate shelling of its embassy in Damascus

Moscow demands international community to evaluate shelling of its embassy in Damascus

Russia will demand international organizations to evaluate the attacks on the Russian Embassy in Damascus, a member of the State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs Sergey Zheleznyak said. "We will demand …

Lavrov and Muallem to discuss Aleppo in Moscow

Lavrov and Muallem to discuss Aleppo in Moscow

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem, who will visit Moscow from Thursday to Saturday this week, and the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will discuss the situation in Aleppo, the Russian Foreign …