Contents tagged with Bashar al-Assad

  • Assad said that his children were on vacation in the annexed Crimea

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad mentioned at a meeting with Russian parliament members that his children were at Artek children camp in the Crimea last year, RIA Novosti reports, citing the coordinator of the State Duma group on relations with the parliament of Syria, Dmitry Sablin.

    "First of all we would like to focus on [political] party related work with young people, organize two-week long camps. My children were in Artek last year," Sablin quoted Assad as saying. Bashar Assad has two …

  • Russian Ambassador to Lebanon: Russia will shoot down missiles when the USA attacks Syria

    Russia reserves the right to shoot down all missiles and to destroy fire sources in case of US aggression against Syria, Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin told Lebanese channel Al-Manar, Rambler news outlet reports.

    Earlier, the President of the USA, Donald Trump accused Russia and Iran of supporting Syria’s leader, Bashar al-Assad regarding the chemical attack on the city of Douma that cost 40 lives. Russia denied that the Syrian military allegedly dropped any chlorine bombs on …

  • France may attack Syria from its territory

    France will launch missiles at Syria from its own territory if the decision is made to strike, Le Figaro reports.

    According to the newspaper, such advice was given to the President of the Fifth Republic Emmanuel Macron by the country’s military leaders, who are sure that a strike from French bases in Jordan or the United Arab Emirates would spoil relations with these countries. According to the military, the authorities of these countries do not want to be involved in such “visible” actions …

  • Macron calls on Putin to put pressure on Damascus

    During a telephone conversation between French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Macron urged Putin to use “all his influence” on Syrian authorities to end armed conflict, according to a report from the Elysee Palace on April 6.

    Macron noted that only a ceasefire will be able to protect the civilian population, resume the negotiation process and prevent the strengthening of the “Islamic State.” The AFP news agency reports that Macron previously appealed to Putin …

  • Assad promises benefits to Russian companies during Syria’s restoration

    Syrian authorities are ready to provide maximum benefits to Russian companies during the restoration of the country’s economy, stated the Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad, as reported by RIA Novosti.

    “The Government of Syria and all relevant organizations received the necessary instructions from our President Bashar Assad indicating that maximum benefits will be granted to our Russian colleagues who will participate in the restoration of Syria’s economy so that our country will be in …

  • Merkel and Macron call on Russia to exert pressure on Assad

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron called on Russian President Vladimir Putin “to exert maximum pressure on the Syrian regime” in order to implement an immediate ceasefire in eastern Ghouta. The press service of the German government reported on the telephone conversation between the three leaders on Sunday, February 25th.

    According to the report, the three leaders agreed to the UN Security Council resolution, which calls on all parties to the conflict to …

  • Tillerson: Russia must create conditions for a peaceful solution of the future of Syria

    The US has appealed to Russia with a call to end its support of violence in Syria, said State Rex Tillerson during an interview with Al Hurra TV.

    "What we’re encouraging Russia and others is to de-escalate the violence – once ISIS is defeated, do not promote the violence. And we’ve asked Russia to persuade the regime [of Bashar Al-Assad] to stop the march and the campaign against opposition forces," Tillerson said.

    According to Tillerson, having agreed to the creation of ceasefire areas in …

  • Turkey called on Russia to stop Assad’s offensive in Idlib

    Turkey urged Russia and Iran to influence Syrian President Bashar Assad to stop the offensive in the province of Idlib. Ankara is worried that the fighting may lead to a new flow of refugees across its southern border, as expressed by Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, the Turkish Foreign Minister, on Wednesday, January 10th in an interview with Anadolu.

    According to Çavuşoğlu, the offensive in Idlib contradicts joint agreements on the establishment of a de-escalation zone in the only province of Syria that …

  • Syrian President visited Russian airbase

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, accompanied by the head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, General Valery Gerasimov, visited the Khmeimim base of the Russian Aerospace Forces in the Syrian province of Latakia.

    Assad flew to the base aboard a Russian Su-35 fighter, as Syrian media photos show. This was a first for the Syrian President. Gerasimov, who is on a working visit to Syria, met Assad at the base.

    The two discussed the coordination of the actions of …

  • Syria and Russia hold negotiations about new arms shipments

    Syria and Russia are holding negotiations about new shipments of arms, including anti-air defense weapons. Damascus is interested in latest generation systems, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

    “Yes, this always happens before war and during it. Of course, we need more weapons after the war and on account of expending them, this is a part of everyday relations between the Defense Ministries of Russia and Syria,” he said, when asked whether concrete …