Contents tagged with Syria

  • Russia, Turkey and Iran are ready to become the guarantors of agreement between Syrian President and opposition

    On the 20th of December, the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov, stated after a meeting with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Javad Zarif, in Moscow, that Russia, Turkey, and Iran are ready to contribute to the establishment of an agreement between the Syrian authorities and the opposition, and become its guarantors.

    The three countries favored the expansion of the ceasefire throughout Syria, with the exception of the areas controlled by terrorist …

  • Turkey denies secret 'Syria bargain' with Russia

     On Monday, Ankara denied any secret deal with Russia regarding the future of Syria, Western media outlets reported.

    "That's not how we see it. That is not how we make deals. We don't see any connection," a senior Turkish Foreign Ministry official said.

    Earlier, a number of Western media outlets suggested that since relations between Moscow and Ankara improved, it is possible that Turkey has agreed to assist Russia in Aleppo while Moscow promised not to hinder operations carried out by the …

  • Media sources reveal that the Commander of Russia’s Air Assault Battalion was killed in Syria

    The Commander of Russia’s Air Assault Battalion, a native of Kalmykia, Major Sanal Sanchirov, was killed in action in Syria. Sanchirov was buried in his native village Yashkul, the representative of Administration of Yashkul district told RIA Novosti. “Sanal Sanchirov was buried in his native village Yashkul. The civil funeral service was organized on December 13,” the administration representative explained.

    He refused to comment on Sanchirov’s death during hostilities in Syria. As …

  • Media: Russian serviceman was killed during Russia's first day of operations in Syria last year

    A Russian serviceman was killed in Syria on the first day of the Russian Aerospace Forces’ mission in Syria, which officially started on 30 September 2015, Radio Svoboda reports.

    The date of 29-year-old Sergeant Edward Sokurov’s death was published on Friday on the official website of the Administration of Nalchik City, when he was awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor. This note was later removed, but it was after RIA Novosti cited it.

    The text stated that Sokurov was an intelligence agent in …

  • Russia initiates criminal proceedings following information leak about deployment of Chechen special forces to Syria

    Criminal proceedings have been initiated against the servicemen Crwho posted the video showing Russian-Chechen special forces departing to Syria, as reported by Rosbalt, citing a source in the Russian military.

    According to the source familiar with the situation, the preliminary investigation determined that there was insufficient educational work done among the personnel by the military command. Servicemen reportedly recorded videos of the Chechen units. One of the servicemen who took this …

  • Speaker of Russia's upper house: Russia has no plans to deploy regular ground forces to Syria

    According to Valentina Matviyenko, the Speaker of Russia’s Federation Council, Moscow has no plans to deploy regular ground troops to Syria, TASS reported.

    "Russia had no plans to participate in the ground operation in Syria, we don’t plan to send troops to Syria, we have made it clear from the beginning," Matviyenko told reporters. "Our goal is not to conduct a ground operation in Syria but to provide our Aerospace Force’s support to the Syrian government forces.”

    Nevertheless, Matviyenko …

  • US says it will not supply Syrian opposition with man-portable air-defense systems

    The USA will not supply man-portable air-defense systems or “MANPADS” to Syria to combat terrorists, Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner said. “Our position regarding MANPADS has not changed,” he stressed while speaking with journalists, RIA Novosti reported.

    American authorities are closely monitoring all actions that provide assistance to the opposition, Toner added. “Of course, I will never be able to say on any given battlefield—and we talked about this before—that equipment and assistance can’t …

  • Kerry accuses Syrian government of war crimes

    US Secretary of State John Kerry accused the Syrian authorities of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    "The indiscriminate bombings undertaken by Syrian authorities contradict international law and in many cases are crimes against humanity. They must be stopped,” Kerry said after a meeting of the "friends of Syria group" in Paris.

    According to him, the Syrian conflict, "is the most serious conflict since the Second World War".

    Kerry, along with other participants of the …

  • Kremlin: US cancellation of arms embargo in Syria can lead to weapons 'falling into terrorists' hands'

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that US President Barack Obama’s cancellation of the embargo on the supply of arms, ammunition, and military equipment to allies in Syria can lead to "different kinds of weapons falling into the terrorists’ hands", RBC reports.

    According to the Kremlin's representative, "this decision could have a dangerous outcome."

    "We need to understand, very carefully, the main goal, intentions, and details of that decision. The worst possible outcome of lifting such …

  • Obama lifts restrictions on the supply of weapons to US allies in Syria

    US President Barack Obama has lifted the formal restrictions on the supply of arms to US allies fighting terrorism in Syria, RIA Novosti reported.

    A statement of the White House Press says that the operations involved in supporting or facilitating US military operations to fight terrorism in Syria are important to the national security interests of the United States.

    Obama also overturned a ban on the supply of "military equipment" and funding in Syria, which is under US sanctions, a country …