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Russia ready to facilitate establishment of unified Syrian opposition

Russia ready to facilitate establishment of unified Syrian opposition

Russia is ready to facilitate the establishment of a unified Syrian opposition, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said. "This is their [opposition's] task. We are ready to facilitate and …

Mikhail Bogdanov extends US invitation to Astana talks on Syria

Mikhail Bogdanov extends US invitation to Astana talks on Syria

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said that he had extended Kazakhstan's invitation to the United States to take part in the upcoming Syrian talks in Astana to US Ambassador to Russia John …

Iranian delegation to Astana to be headed by country#039s Deputy Foreign Minister

Iranian delegation to Astana to be headed by country's Deputy Foreign Minister

The Iranian delegation at the Syrian talks in Astana will be headed by the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister, Hossein Jaberi Ansari, the Iranian Foreign ministry said. Tehran believes the forthcoming …

Putin briefs Merkel, Hollande on steps to implement Syrian ceasefire

Putin briefs Merkel, Hollande on steps to implement Syrian ceasefire

Russian President Vladimir Putin has had a telephone conversation with German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on steps towards implementing the …

Syria has no objections to US presence at Astana talks

Syria has no objections to US presence at Astana talks

Any country that "honestly seeks to facilitate the peaceful settlement of the Syrian conflict, is eligible to take part in the Astana meeting," the Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said. He made …

 Syrian Kurds invited to intra-Syrian talks in Astana - source

Syrian Kurds invited to intra-Syrian talks in Astana - source

Representatives of Syria’s Kurdish National Council have been invited to the intra-Syrian talks slated for January 23 in Astana, Kazakhstan, a source said. "Hakim Bashar, Ibrahim Baru and legal advisor Darvish Mirkan, …

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 …

Eight soldiers killed in tunnel blast outside Damascus - media

Eight soldiers killed in tunnel blast outside Damascus - media

A tunnel bomb blast outside Damascus claimed nine lives, including a Syrian general and eight soldiers, a monitoring group said. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, rebel fighters planted explosives yesterday in a …

Russian Foreign Ministry sums up 2016: fight against terrorism the only way

Russian Foreign Ministry sums up 2016: fight against terrorism the only way

Terrorism was the key global threat last year but the international community is unable to unite to fight against it, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said during his annual press conference to review the results of Russian …

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

Syria negotiations chief assassinated in Wadi Barada

Syria negotiations chief assassinated in Wadi Barada

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said unknown gunmen assassinated retired major general Ahmad Ghadban on Saturday, just 24 hours after he was assigned by the Syrian regime to manage the affairs of the towns of Wadi …

Russia invites Trump administration to Syria talks

Russia invites Trump administration to Syria talks

Russia has invited the incoming Trump administration to Syrian peace talks it is sponsoring this month with Turkey and Iran, part of a process from which President Barack Obama's administration has been excluded. U.S. participation, …

Russian senators to visit Syria and Iran

Russian senators to visit Syria and Iran

Head of the Russia Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security Viktor Ozerov said that Russian delegation is going to visit Syria in the framework of spring session. "We plan to visit Syria. We …

Turkey neutralizes over 2,000 terrorists in Syria

Turkey neutralizes over 2,000 terrorists in Syria

The Turkish Armed Forces have neutralized 2,085 terrorists in northern Syria since the start of the “Euphrates Shield” operation, says a message on the website of the Turkish General Staff, Trend reports. Of them, 1,775 were …

Iran unhappy over Russia#039s and Turkey#039s rapprochement on Syria

Iran unhappy over Russia's and Turkey's rapprochement on Syria

Iran is concerned about Russia's and Turkey's rapprochement on the Syrian issue, a source in the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs who wished to remain anonymous said. According to him, after the crisis with Russian Su-24 was …

Andrei Baklanov: Inter-Syrian meeting in Astana is new chance for peace in Syria

Andrei Baklanov: "Inter-Syrian meeting in Astana is new chance for peace in Syria"

The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, called the preparing meeting on the Inter-Syrian settlement between Damascus and the opposition in Astana "a new milestone on the way towards peace in Syria"

Erdogan and Rouhani discuss regional issues

Erdogan and Rouhani discuss regional issues

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan exchanged views on a range of issues, including the latest developments in Syria and the demise of the former Iranian president …

Turkey kills 41 ISIS militants in northern Syria

Turkey kills 41 ISIS militants in northern Syria

Forty-one ISIS terrorists have been killed by Turkish airstrikes and shelling as part of the operation to liberate northern Syrian town of al-Bab from the terrorists, the military said. A total of 177 terrorist targets have been shelled …

 Israel fires rockets at military airport west of Damascus

Israel fires rockets at military airport west of Damascus

Syria accused Israel of firing rockets that hit near a major military airport west of Damascus, triggering a fire, and warned Tel Aviv of repercussions without specifying whether it would retaliate for what it called a "blatant" …

Russia, Turkey agree to coordinate airstrikes against terrorists in Syria

Russia, Turkey agree to coordinate airstrikes against terrorists in Syria

Russian and Turkish military officials on Thursday agreed to coordinate airstrikes against terrorist targets in Syria and signed a memorandum on combat flight safety during missions in Syrian airspace, the Russian Defense Ministry said, Sputnik …

US imposes sanctions on Syrian army, navy, air force, republican guard

US imposes sanctions on Syrian army, navy, air force, republican guard

The United States has imposed sanctions on Syrian military branches and the country’s Republican National Guard, the US Department of the Treasury said on Thursday, Sputnik reports. The Treasury Department's Office …

Zakharova: Inter-Syrian meeting in Astana to become new milestone on way towards peace

Zakharova: Inter-Syrian meeting in Astana to become new milestone on way towards peace

The Inter-Syrian meeting in Astana on Syria scheduled for January 23 should become a new milestone on the way towards peace in that country, Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on …

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 …

Syrian officials reach agreement to fix damaged water source

Syrian officials reach agreement to fix damaged water source

The Syrian government had agreed with rebels in the Wadi Barada area for technicians to enter a damaged spring facility that supplies water to the capital, the governor of Syria's Damascus Countryside province Alaa Munir …

Sergey Shoigu: Russian aerospace forces accomplished tasks in Syria

Sergey Shoigu: Russian aerospace forces accomplished tasks in Syria

Russian aerospace forces have accomplished the task set by the Russian President, the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said at a meeting with top Defense Ministry officials on Tuesday. "We have coped with the …

 Turkish army kills 48 ISIS militants in Syria

Turkish army kills 48 ISIS militants in Syria

Turkish-led air and ground operations in Syria killed 48 ISIS militants on Sunday while Turkish warplanes destroyed 23 buildings and shelters used by the jihadists, Turkey's armed forces said in a statement on Monday. "Turkish …

 Assad: victory in sight after Aleppo #039tipping point#039

Assad: victory in sight after Aleppo 'tipping point'

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with French media that his forces are on the road to victory after recapturing the key city of Aleppo last month. "We don't consider it (retaking Aleppo …

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 …

Russia and Turkey’s Iran problem in Syria

Russia and Turkey’s Iran problem in Syria

Iran bristles at the burgeoning Russia-Turkish alliance suspicious of being squeezed out of its winnings in Syria

Russia starts scaling down Syria military deployment: agencies

Russia starts scaling down Syria military deployment: agencies

Russia's military on Friday said it has begun scaling down its deployment to Syria, with Moscow's sole aircraft carrier set to be the first to quit the conflict zone.  "In accordance with the decision of the supreme …