Contents tagged with Bashar al-Assad

  • Russia displeased the US disclosed letter sent to Washington regarding restoration of Syria

    The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that Valery Gerasimov, the head of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff, sent a letter to US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford via a confidential communication channel in July, reported RBC news agency with a reference to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

    "It is disappointing that the American side is unable to comply with our agreement that stipulates that the content of communication can only be disclosed with the consent of both sides, …

  • Assad announces long term Russian military presence in Syria

    In an interview with the Russian media, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reported that the Russian military presence in Syria is long term and necessary for more than just carrying out the fight against terrorism, TASS reports.

    He stated that Moscow and Damascus have reached an agreement on the status of the Khmeimim Air Base, which will be in effect “for another 40 years”.

    “If the Russian Army came here solely for the purpose of combatting terrorism—then why would we sign an agreement to …

  • Iran requests withdrawal of 300 million euros from German banks

    Due to the restoration of U.S. sanctions against Iran in the coming months, Tehran has requested to withdraw 300 million euros in cash from its account in German banks and send it by air to Iran. This information, which appeared on Monday, July 9 in the newspaper Bild, was confirmed by the German government. This is part of the money that belongs to Iranian authorities and is kept in the European-Iranian commercial bank in connection with the German Federal Bank, DW reports.

    The Federal Office …

  • Israel ready to stop Assad at the border

    Israel is concerned that the Syrians will enter the UN demilitarized zone in the Golan Heights. The Jewish state is ready to attack the Syrian Armed Forces if they move into the demilitarized zone at the border with Israel, stated Israeli Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan.

    “We must verify and do everything to clarify, vis-a-vis the Russians, the Assad government, that we will not accept any armed presence by the Assad regime in the areas which are meant to be demilitarized,” Erdan told …

  • Germany issues arrest warrant for military commander close to Assad

      German authorities have issued arrest warrant for the chief of Syria's Air Force Intelligence, Jamil Hassan. German Prosecutor’s Office accuses Hassan of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    Spiegel newspaper calls the military commander one of the closest associates of the President Bashar al-Assad.

    Syrian activist Anwar al-Bunni worked with Germany's chief federal prosecutor, Peter Frank, to compile the criminal case, using interviews with Syrians, some of whom now live in Germany.

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  • Media: Assad gave up his Legion of Honor medal after France’s strike on Syria

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad returned to France his National Order of the Legion of Honor medal that he received from former French President Jacques Chirac in 2001, Le Parisien reports. According to representatives of the Syrian administration, it was returned because of France's participation in the "trilateral aggression" against Syria.

    The Syrian leader pre-empted the French authorities who had announced earlier that they would start the procedure for recalling the award from President …

  • 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 …