Contents tagged with Syrian Conflict

  • Erdogan invites France, Germany and Russia to hold talks on Syria

    The German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron will hold talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The meeting will be held on October 27th in Istanbul. Its central theme will be the situation in Syria, reports the Deutsche Welle.

    The parties will meet, by invitation from Erdogan, said his spokesman on Friday, October 19th. This will be the first meeting with these participants. Until now, Turkey has sought to discuss the …

  • NATO confirms buildup of Russian warships near Syria

    NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu confirmed that Russia is amassing warships off the coast of Syria.

    “The Russian Navy has dispatched substantial naval forces to the Mediterranean, including several ships equipped with modern cruise missiles,” she said.

    On Tuesday, the Russian media reported on Moscow’s largest amassing of naval forces since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2015.

    The reinforcements coincide with a statement by Moscow’s ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, that …

  • Belarusian President Lukashenko promises to assist Assad in ‘Syria’s restoration’

    Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that he is willing to offer “comprehensive assistance” to the Assad regime in the process of restoring Syria.

    Lukashenko made a statement to this effect in a greeting to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the countries, BELTA reports, citing the president’s press service.

    “Belarusian-Syrian relations were tested in a special way during the war against terrorism in Syria. During the troubled …

  • Russia warns the US and its allies against 'reckless steps' in Syria

    Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, commenting on the Bloomberg publication that if Syrian government troops would use chemical weapons, the United States is ready for a missile strike on Syria, warned Washington and their allies against "new reckless steps." The government official informed RIA Novosti.

    Ryabkov remarked that in Moscow, "they hear Washington’s ultimatums, including public ones." However, the Deputy Head of the Russian Foreign Ministry assured that this "does not …

  • Russian Ministry of Defense: 63,000 Russian soldiers fought in Syria

    63 thousand Russian soldiers took part in the military operation in Syria, launched by Russia on September 30, 2015, stated the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation on Wednesday, August 22 in a video posted on YouTube. 434 generals and about 26,000 officers were among them. According to the Ministry’s information, all commanders of the military districts, commanders of the Air Force and Air Defense divisions, and 95 percent of the commanders of combined arms brigades and regiments were …

  • Putin wants Europe to participate in the restoration of Syria

    Before meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel,  Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on Europe “to contribute to the reconstruction of Syria to allow millions of refugees to return home.” 

    "We need to strengthen the humanitarian effort in the Syrian conflict,” he said. "By that, I mean above all, humanitarian aid to the Syrian people and help the regions where refugees living abroad can return to." According to him, there were one million refugees in Jordan, the same number in …

  • Putin’s invitation to foreign minister’s wedding draws criticism in Austria

    Austria has criticized the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin was invited to the wedding of Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl. The Russian president’s visit “damages” Austria, Austrian political scientist Gerhard Mangott told the German Press Agency in an interview.

    Mangott believes that the upcoming visit will cause people to suspect that Austria is “Russia’s Trojan horse in the EU”. The political scientist also says that Putin is being given an opportunity to demonstrate that …

  • Russian military repel another drone attack on Khmeimim Air Base in Syria

    The Russian military shot down five drones approaching the Russian Khmeimim Air Base in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on its Facebook page.

    According to the Ministry of Defense, militants launched drones from the de-escalation zone in the Idlib province. The Russian military destroyed them at a distance from the air base. There were no casualties and no material damage.

    During the same day, Syria recorded 25 shooting attacks on the government troops. As a result, three Syrian …

  • 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, …

  • Syria claims it shot down Israeli drone over Damascus

    The national news agency SANA reported that Syrian armed forces spotted two hostile air targets just west of the country’s capital of Damascus and shot them down. SANA did not say to whom the aircraft belonged.

    Meanwhile, RIA Novosti reported, citing a Syrian field commander, that targets were Israeli reconnaissance drones. He confirmed that the drones were shot down by Syrian Air Defense Forces.

    Al Masdar news agency reports, with a reference to a source within the Syrian army, that the …