• Washington denies Russian allegations that the U.S. uses Al-Nusra Front to overthrow Syrian government

    The U.S. State Department flatly disclaimed Russian statements that the U.S. uses Al-Nusra Front to overthrow Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. This interpretation was previously announced by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov.

    According to the Russian diplomat, Washington "has reasons to maintain Al-Nusra Front.” This grouping can ostensibly be used as "the most efficient force" for the "violent overthrow of the regime in Damascus." Lavrov stressed that in such a way, the UN Security …

  • U.S. reconnaissance aircraft flew near Russia's bases in Syria

    On Sunday, a U.S. P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance plane flew over Russia’s military bases in Syria, Interfax reported.

    According to data on websites that track aircraft movement, the P-8A with tail number 168859 flew along the Syrian coast at least four times, presumably monitoring Russia’s Khmeimim Air Base and Tartus naval facility.

    The aircraft also flew over the Mediterranean Sea to the south of Cyprus over the location of Russia’s naval flotilla.

    U.S. reconnaissance aircraft have increased …

  • Russia acknowledges that the site of Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been hacked

    The Director of the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Maria Zakharova, confirmed that the site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been hacked.

    The information that the Russian Ministry's  was hacked by American hackers was initially published by CNN.

    “The site has been broken into. We are looking into who did it,” said Zakharova while on air with “Moscow speaks” Radio station.

    The  information that the American hacker with the …

  • U.S. National Security Council demands that Russia and Iran cease supporting Syrian government

    The U.S. National Security Council has demanded that Russia and Iran cease supporting the Syrian government due to its use of chemical weapons, according to a White House press release.

    Referencing the results of a year-long investigation by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, in which it was determined that the Syrian government used industrial chlorine as a weapon against its own people in 2014 and 201 …

  • Pentagon chief: U.S. and Russian Air Forces have 'professional relationship' in Syria, U.S. is open to closer cooperation

    U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told reporters in Baghdad during an unannounced visit that the U.S. and Russian Air Forces maintain a professional relationship in Syria, but the Pentagon is open to pursuing closer cooperation with Moscow with regard to air operations.

    While answering the question of whether things are getting better or worse with Russia in the common airspace over Syria, Carter replied, “We do operate… very professionally… air operations… that has been an area in which …