Contents tagged with Syria

  • French MFA: Russia's support for Assad regime is 'torpedoing' peace talks

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs of France, Loran Fabius, has stated that Russian and Iranian support for Syrian President Bashar-al-Assad is detrimental to the Syrian peace process.

    “This is completely torpedoing peace talks in Geneva,” Fabius stated.  He said this upon his arrival to an informal meeting of ministers of foreign affairs of the EU.

    “It requires a political decision.  Political discussions cannot be conducted when one of the parties destroys another.  Both parties have to return …

  • Russian Defense Ministry Discloses Details of Serviceman's Death in Syria

    A Russian military adviser, who was killed in Syria, died from severe injuries as a result of the attack on the Syrian army training center in the province of Homs, as reported by the head of the press service and information for the Russian Ministry of Defense, Igor Konashenkov, in an interview with Novaya Gazeta.

    Four Syrian cadets were also killed alongside the Russian adviser during the mortar attack by militants of the so-called Islamic State. The Russian officer was seriously injured and …

  • Russian military adviser dies in Syria

    A Russian Military Adviser died in Syria on the 1st of February.  The Military reported this to Interfax yesterday.

    According to the Defense Ministry, the Military Adviser was in Syria to assist the Syrian army in supplying new weapons under existing contracts of interstate military-technical cooperation.

    On the 1st of February, the officer received a mortal wound as a result of a mortar attack by terrorists of the so-called Islamic State.  This occurred at one of their military garrisons, …

  • Syrian Opposition Claims 8 High-Ranking Syrian and Russian Military Officers Killed near Turkmandagy

    Syrian opposition sources reported that 15 servicemen were killed in the Syrian region of Turkmandagy on the border with Turkey. Eight of these servicemen were Generals. According to the information provided, the meeting place of high-ranking officers of Assad’s regime and the Russian Army came under armed attack. The meeting was held last night in order to review the state of affairs in the region and to plan future actions.

    It was reported that 15 servicemen, including four Russian and four …

  • Russian MFA: British accusations against Russia's actions in Syria are 'disinformation'

    The official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Maria Zakharova, said in a radio interview with Govorit Moskva that the statements made by the UK about the destructive role of Russia in the Syrian conflict were “dangerous injections of disinformation”. The Secretary of the State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Philip Hammond Hammond, recently expressed the view that the actions of the Russian Air Force have worsened the internal conflict in Syria, …

  • Representative of Syrian Opposition: Russia is attempting to Occupy Syria

    A spokesman for the High Negotiating Committee, Salim al-Muslat, told an Anadolu Agency reporter that Russia, as a member of the UN Security Council, should make efforts to cease the bloody conflict in Syria, not try to occupy the country. Salim al-Muslat was in Geneva participating in the Syrian peace negotiations. Salim expressed his hope that the United Nations will put pressure on Moscow in order to end airstrikes in Syria.

    Al-Muslat also noted that the final decision on the participation …

  • Turkish PM: Russia Continues to make Mistakes in Syria

    The Turkish Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said “In Syria the regime that allowed their people to be victims of genocide are just as responsible as terrorist organizations like Daesh. Turkey and Saudi Arabia are going to continue to support Syria’s moderate opposition. At the same time we will pursue our efforts to restore stability in Yemen, Lebanon and Libya.”

    The Prime Minister, who was in Saudi Arabia on a visit, held a press conference at the Royal Palace. Ahmet Davutohlu discussed his …

  • Document Published Outlining Russia's Agreement with Syria

    The Russian Federation has published the agreement that allows for Russia to have an airbase in Syria

    "The treaty.... that establishes an RF Air Force base on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic from August 26, 2015 has been published on the official legal internet portal of the Russian Federation.” The agreement was set for an indefinite term.

    "Either party has the right to terminate this Agreement by giving prior written notice to the other party. In such case the implementation of …

  • Erdogan: Russia Is Attempting To Create New State in Syria

    Reuters reported that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan believes that Russia intends to create a new state in Syria. According to the news agency, Erdogan said that the Russian air force continues to carry out attacks on Syrian Turkish rebels in the northern part of the country. He also harshly criticized Iran for using the situation in Syria, Iraq and Yemen in order to extend its influence in the region.

    Relations between Russia and Turkey deteriorated after a Turkish F-16 fighter shot …

  • Russian airstrikes in Syria add to influx of refugees to Europe

    Human rights activists claim that civilian victims of the Russian bombing campaign in Syria number in the hundreds in densely populated areas. This Saturday, a senior U.S. official reported that only one-third of Russian aviation air strikes are being aimed at the positions of the so-called Islamic State. The indiscriminate bombing forces civilians to flee, further exacerbating the crisis in Europe caused by the massive influx of refugees.

    Among the 5,000 air strikes inflicted by the Russian …