Contents tagged with Syria

  • Turkey announces new military operation in Syria

    Turkish President Recep Erdogan stated that the Turkish army would soon begin a new military operation in northern Syria, Anadolu agency reports.

    “Turkey has prevented a major humanitarian crisis in Idlib. Now it is time to destroy terrorists operating to the east of the Euphrates river. Our goal is to destroy the terrorists in the area,” he stated.

    By terrorists, Erdogan means the Kurdish National People’s Protection Units (YPG).

    “We clearly define YPG militants as terrorists, while Ankara’ …

  • Crimea and Syria plan to create a joint shipping company

    The Crimean authorities are working to create a shipping company with the participation of Syria, stated the head of the Russian government of the peninsula, Sergey Aksyonov, on December 8, on the sidelines of the United Russia Party congress.

     “The process is already underway,” the Russian news agency TASS quoted Aksyonov.

    Earlier, Aksyonov and the Syrian Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade Mohammad Samer al-Khalil signed a memorandum on trade and economic cooperation.

    The Ministry of …

  • Russian Foreign Minister: Putin and Erdogan reached agreement on Idlib

    Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, on the television show “Moscow. Kremlin. Putin” stated that the presidents of Russia and Turkey at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires agreed on new steps aimed at stabilizing the situation around the demilitarized zones in the Syrian Idlib, TASS reports.

    “The agreement on Idlib was confirmed. It was noted that, despite the active, consistent actions of our Turkish colleagues, still not all extremists obeyed the requirement to free the 20-kilometer demilitarized zone, …

  • Putin expects demilitarized zone in Idlib to be established soon

    At a press conference at the G20 summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters that he expects the demilitarized zones in Idlib to be established shortly.

    “The situation in Idlib also worries us, we see that for now, our Turkish partners are having a hard time, but the truth is, they are trying. We see that they are working at establishing a demilitarized zone, but we hope that our intelligence services and the Ministry of Defense will solve this issue soon,” said the Russian …

  • Syria claims to have repelled Israeli air attack

    Syrian anti-air defense systems reportedly destroyed a number of “hostile air targets” in the region of Al-Kiswa, which lies south of Damascus, reported the news agency Alalam, citing Syrian TV.

    Syrian agency SANA also reported the attack citing a source in the Syrian military.

    “Our anti-air defense divisions responded to an attack by several hostile targets in the region of Al-Kiswa, and shot them down,” the source stated, clarifying that while the attack was being repelled, the Syrian anti- …

  • Media: Explosions reported in the sky near Russian airbase in Syria

    Telegram channel Directorate 4 reported, citing the Syrian media, that there were explosions in the sky over the city of Jableh, where the Russian Khmeimim airbase is located.

    According to preliminary data, air defense systems located in the base fired two rockets on militant drones.

    The last drone attack on the Russian military base in Khmeimim was reported in September. At that time two anti-aircraft systems destroyed two militant drones.

    At the same time, Russian President Vladimir Putin …

  • Russia bombs Syrian insurgents after alleged use of chlorine

    Russian and the Syrian authorities accused the opponents of Syrian President Bashar-al Assad of shelling Aleppo with chemical munitions. Russian air force struck their positions in retaliation. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated on Sunday, November 25 that air strikes on the Western outskirts of Aleppo, near the Idlib province, have become the first in the northwest of Syria since September when Russia and Turkey agreed to the establish a buffer zone along the demarcation.

    The …

  • Media publishes employment contracts details of Russian mercenaries from Wagner private military company

    A mercenary from the Wagner private military company (PMC) in Syria has revealed information on the employment contract signed by the PMC’s mercenaries. An investigation was published by the BBC Russian service.

    According to the source, Nikolay Averny, there is a PMC training camp at in the Russian village of Molkino in Krasnodar Krai, where new recruits spend three days. On the first day, they do physical training – a three kilometer cross-country and other exercises. On the second, they …

  • Russia offers Israel and US deal to get Iran out of Syria

    At a closed session of the Knesset’s foreign affairs and defense committee, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Moscow had offered the US and Israel a deal: Iran will withdraw its armed divisions from Syria in exchange for an easing of sanction pressure on Russia,reported Channel Ten of Israeli TV, citing members of the Knesset.

    According to MPs who attended the committee session, Netanyahu said that Russia had proposed a plan to have Iranian forces withdraw from Syria in …

  • US expands sanctions against Russian companies

    The U.S. expanded sanctions lists by adding six individuals and three organizations that contributed to the oil supply to the Syrian government.  According to the U.S. Treasury, among them, were such Russian companies as the Global Vision Group and Promsyrioimport.

    The US authorities have disclosed a scheme, which bypassing Washington’s sanctions, enabled the supply of Iranian oil to Syria through Russian companies. According to the U.S. Treasury, the Global Vision Group is a Russian company …