Contents tagged with France

  • Media: Assad gave up his Legion of Honor medal after France’s strike on Syria

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad returned to France his National Order of the Legion of Honor medal that he received from former French President Jacques Chirac in 2001, Le Parisien reports. According to representatives of the Syrian administration, it was returned because of France's participation in the "trilateral aggression" against Syria.

    The Syrian leader pre-empted the French authorities who had announced earlier that they would start the procedure for recalling the award from President …

  • France accuses Russia of making false statements about the chemical attack in Syria

    Russia is spreading contradictory statements on the chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma, said the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs in a statement published on the Ministry's website. These statements contradict the facts gathered by Paris, French diplomats stated.

    French officials stated that the experts of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) still do not have access to the place where the chemical attack took place. According to the French Foreign …

  • Russia to stop outsourcing An-124 cargo aircraft to NATO

    The Russian cargo aviation company Volga-Dnepr will stop providing An-124 heavyweight cargo aircraft to NATO by the end of the year, the French publication Challenges reports.

    According to the publication, Russia made the decision in response to recently tightened sanctions by the US.

    In 2006, a joint enterprise between the Ukrainian company Antonov Airlines and the Russian air cargo company Volga-Dnepr was established as a part of SALIS (Strategic Airlift International Solution) project.

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  • Macron: France convinced Trump to limit targets in Syria strike

    During an interview with BFM TV, French President Emmanuel Macron said that it was France that convinced US President Donald Trump to limit the strike it inflicted against facilities in Syria.

    "We convinced Trump to limit the targets of the strikes only to sites with chemical weapons capacity," he said.

    According to Macron, the US media and Trump’s Twitter initially used more aggressive rhetoric.  

    He also noted that Paris earlier persuaded Washington to stay in Syria.

    "Ten days ago, …

  • Media: No evidence available that US is preparing for new strike against Syria

    Russian news outlet Kommersant, citing a Russian military-diplomatic source, reports that there is no evidence that the Western coalition is preparing a second strike against Syria.

    "There is no current evidence that the United States and its allies are immediately ready to strike again; French and British aircraft have returned to their places of permanent deployment, and US destroyers that have used up their stock of cruise missiles are likely to leave for Rota, Spain,” the publication …

  • French President Macron to visit Russia

    French President Emmanuel Macron will visit Russia in late May, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in an interview with French television channel BFMTV, Deutsche Welle reports.

    A joint military operation of the United States, Great Britain and France conducted in Syria on Saturday night would not interfere with the planned trip, the minister said. Earlier, Macron received an invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, …

  • France: Russia neglects its obligations to UN

    France accused Russia of neglecting its obligations to the UN, both in 2013 with respect to its guarantee to destroy all chemical weapons in Syria, and now, by attempting to accuse the US, France and Britain of violating the UN Charter.

    A statement to this effect was made by François Delattre, France’s Permanent Representative to the UN, during an extraordinary UN session, Ukrinform reports.

    “The Security Council was unable to meet its obligations due to the systematic vetoes used by Russia. …

  • US,UK and France carry out air strikes at Assad regime

    Missile and air strikes have been conducted at targets in Syria by the US, UK and France. The Assad regime facilities, specifically those which were used for manufacturing of chemical weapons, have been targeted.

    According to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford the targets were chosen “to mitigate the risk” of hitting Russian forces. "We specifically identified the targets to mitigate the risk of Russian forces being involved," General Dunford stated at the press …

  • France may attack Syria from its territory

    France will launch missiles at Syria from its own territory if the decision is made to strike, Le Figaro reports.

    According to the newspaper, such advice was given to the President of the Fifth Republic Emmanuel Macron by the country’s military leaders, who are sure that a strike from French bases in Jordan or the United Arab Emirates would spoil relations with these countries. According to the military, the authorities of these countries do not want to be involved in such “visible” actions …

  • Kurds: French troops entered northern Syria

    Kurdistan 24 news outlet reports, citing the Joint Chief of Defense in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), Razan Gilo, that the French military entered northern Syria through the Tal Abyad crossing which is under the control of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

    Razan Gilo said that at least 50 French soldiers entered the Syrian border-town of Tal Abyad this morning

    The French soldiers have also been reportedly deployed to northeastern Aleppo town of Manbij, which is controlled by the …