Contents tagged with Syria

  • Trump’s advisor: 'decisive discussions' with Russia on Syria are imperative

    Herbert McMaster, national security adviser to the US president, believes the time has come for “tough discussions” with Moscow on the topic of its support of the Syrian government, and also Russia’s “subversive activity” in Europe. Moscow’s support of the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has led to a civil war and a crisis which has spread not only to Iraq and other neighboring countries, but also to Europe, the security adviser said in a broadcast of ABC News on Sunday, April 16.

    He added …

  • Russia and Syria to make a joint movie entitled 'Palmyra'

    Russia and Syria will collaborate on a movie, Palmyra, about native of Dagestan who travels to the Middle East to save his family. The production agreement will be signed in the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation between Proline Media and Shanghaf on Monday, April 17th as reported by the press service of the Russian Ministry of Culture.

    As emphasized in the message, Palmyra will be the first picture jointly produced by the two countries.

    The main character of the movie is a doctor …

  • Syria to receive ten modernized Su-24M2 bombers from Russia

    The Syrian military will soon receive ten modernized Su-24M2 frontline bombers from Russia, reported. As part of a contract that was signed in 2009, the modernization of the bombers included installing a new weapons control system that equips the aircraft with modern, high-precision guided missiles.

    Under the terms of the agreement, Russian specialists will also provide training for Syrian pilots and maintenance personnel.

    Last week, the U.S. attacked Syria’s Shayrat Airbase in …

  • Polish Foreign Minister: Russia may respond to US attack on Syria by escalating situation in the Donbas

    The Kremlin may react to the American bombardment of Syrian troops with an escalation of tensions in eastern Ukraine, as stated by Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Witold Waszczykowski on channel TVP1.

    “Now everyone is waiting for the reaction from Russia. Either it will react in Syria or, as some say, unfortunately, in Ukraine. There is a certain danger here, because Russia's policy is unpredictable and in some cases even unreasonable. No doubt, there will be some answer. The only question …

  • Peskov speaks about the influence of Trump’s daughter on his decision to strike Syria

    Press Secretary for the Russian President, Dmitry Peskov, made comments about the influence of U.S. President Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump on her father's decision to strike Syria. According to the representative of the Kremlin, Russian authorities in no way meddle in the domestic affairs of the heads of other states.

    “Trump’s family relationship is not a matter for the Kremlin. The Kremlin is very careful in order not to interfere in domestic affairs of other countries and even more so in …

  • Turkish Foreign Ministry claims Syria still has chemical weapons capacity

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said that Syrian government still possesses the capacity to produce and use chemical weapons.

    "According to our data, the Syrian regime still possesses chemical weapons capacity. The regime of Bashar al-Assad should stop using chemical weapons, as well as traditional weapons against the opposition," Reuters quotes him as saying.

    Earlier, Çavuşoğlu had a conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov. The parties came to the conclusion that it …

  • Media: Assad's aircraft dropped barrel bombs on opposition-controlled areas in Syria

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported that military aircraft of Assad's forces dropped barrel bombs in areas of the Hama province, which is controlled by rebels.

    The organization noted that a number of bombs were dropped on the cities of Tayyibat al-Imam and Soran, located north of Hama, in an area where in March insurgents carried out a large-scale offensive led by jihadist groups.

    The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdulrahman, said that the number of …

  • Russian Foreign Ministry: Tillerson’s statements on Syria are not an ultimatum but usual flexing of muscles

    Statements made by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about Syria, before his visit to Russia, are not an ultimatum, but simply a flexing of muscles before the talks begin. This statement was made by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

    “I consider it, not an ultimatum, but a political statement, as a flexing of muscles before the start of negotiations. This is quite in line with Washington’s methods,” she said, commenting on the statement of the U.S. …

  • Media: The U.S. is certain that Russia knew of Syrian army's chemical weapon attack

    U.S. authorities are confident that Russia was aware of the Syrian army’s plans to carry out a chemical attack in the village of Khan Shaykhun in the province of Idlib, as reported by the Associated Press (AP), citing an undisclosed American official.

    According to him, the Pentagon is confident that the appearance of a Russian drone in the area of the hospital where the chemical attack victims had been taken may serve as a proof of their knowledge. A few hours after the drone had left the …

  • Another Russian contract serviceman killed in Syria

    On April 9, a Russian contract serviceman, Igor Zavidny, was killed in Syria, according to RBC news agency.

    “They came under mortar fire, and two men died. By pure chance, his partner refused to go and another man from a different military unit went,” said his twin brother Evgeny Zavidny. He didn’t specify the name of the other soldier.

    According to his brother, Igor Zavidny had a three-year contract and had fought in Chechnya, Dagestan, and Ingushetia.

    Earlier on Monday, a friend, Irina …