Contents tagged with Syria

  • Russia says it knows about American plans to strike Syria

    The United States deployed in the Mediterranean, Red Sea and the Persian Gulf warships carrying cruise missiles for possible strikes on the targets in Syria, stated the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Interfax reports.

    According to the Head of the Russian General Staff Main Operations Department, Sergey Rudskoy, the United States may strike the facilities of the Syrian government and Syrian troops after accusing Assad of using chemical weapons.

    The Washington Post in early March …

  • Russian Foreign Minister claims that Special Forces of the US, Britain, France and other countries are working in Syria

    In an interview with the telecommunications company of the President Kazakhstan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that Special Forces units from the United States, Britain, France and other countries are operating on Syrian territory.  “There are Special Forces on the ground in Syria from the US – they no longer deny it – the UK, France and a number of other countries. Thus, it’s not so much of a ‘proxy war,’ but rather a direct involvement in the war," the Minister said. …

  • Syrian human rights organizations call for boycott of FIFA World Cup in Russia

    More than 20 humanitarian and human rights organizations in Syria are asking the world’s leading countries to force Moscow to change its policies in Syria by threatening to boycott the World Cup, reports DW.

    On the occasion of the seventh anniversary of the beginning of the civil war in Syria, 22 organizations signed an appeal to the authorities of the United States, Germany, France and Britain on Thursday, March 15.

    According to the document, Russia will be sent a “clear signal” that it may …

  • Lavrov: Russia has used all channels to strongly warn US against strikes in Syria

    Moscow has used all channels to strongly warn Washington about a strike on Damascus by the US-led coalition. This was stated on Wednesday by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, as reported by news agency TASS.

    “Today we discussed, among other problems in Syria, the actions of the U.S., primarily on the eastern bank of the Euphrates and throughout the eastern part of Syria, where the Americans are creating military bases. I am convinced that there is no reason to doubt the intention of at …

  • Russian and US military commanders discuss situation in Syria

    Russian Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov discussed the situation surrounding Eastern Ghouta with US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford. According to the Russian Defense Ministry report cited by RBC, the phone call was initiated by Gerasimov.

    “Army General Valery Gerasimov and General Joseph Dunford agreed to continue bilateral contact,” the department added.

    On March 13, Gerasimov said that provocation involving the use of chemical weapons is being planned against the …

  • Russia threatens to strike US naval and air forces in Syria

    The Russian Defense Ministry is ready to take countermeasures against a possible U.S. missile strike against Damascus if there is a threat to the Russian military, stated the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Army General Valery Gerasimov, Radio Liberty reports.

    “In the institutions and facilities of the Syrian Ministry of Defense in Damascus, there are also Russian military advisers, representatives of the Center for reconciliation of warring parties and military police. …

  • Shoygu: Russian military tested 210 different weapons in Syria

    The Russian military tested 210 different weapons in Syria, as stated by Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu in Andrey Kondrashov's film "Putin", reported Russian news agency TASS.

    According the Shoygu, Syria provided Russia with a wealth of experience in the area of weaponry.

    “We looked at 210 different kinds of weapons. We tested them on the battlefield with the Syrians. We made notes and comments on those that we looked at, that's all, it’s normal. I'm sure that in the future they will …

  • Commanders of Russia’s Wagner private military company speak to media about the operation in Syria

    Commanders from the Wagner Private Military Company (PMC) have spoken to the media under conditions of anonymity and provided information on the PMC’s activity in Syria.

    The PMC’s Syrian campaign began in 2015. The Wagner Group carries out military assignments, and numbers roughly 2,000 mercenaries, the unnamed commanders claim. The PMC is seconded by the Karpaty detachment, which is made up of 300 cossacks with Ukrainian citizenship. One commander claimed that there may be as many as 8,000 …

  • Journalist: Russian Wagner Private Military Company continues to recruit mercenaries for operations in Sudan and Syria

    The Russian journalist Igor Pushkaryov, who visited the Wagner Private Military Company’s (PMC) secret base in Krasnodar Krai, learned from the mercenaries that the PMC has a new assignment. In an Echo of Moscow radio broadcast, Pushkaryov said that at the end of last week, two new parties of Wagner troops had set out for Syria and Sudan.

    “From quite short discussions with the population of this base and the inhabitants of the surrounding Molkino settlement, it became clear that even after the …

  • Russia opens criminal case after crash of An-26 in Syria

    A criminal case was opened after the crash of an An-26 transport plane, as reported by the official representative of the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation, Svetlana Petrenko.

    The aircraft was on a routine flight in the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic. According to preliminary data, the An-26 transport plane crashed 500 meters from the Khmeimim Air Base.

    The case was opened on the grounds of the crime described in Art. 351 of the Criminal Code (violation of flight rules …