Contents tagged with Syrian Conflict

  • Israel: Russia turns against Iran in Syria

    Israeli Minister of Immigration and Absorption Yoav Galant announced at the end of January that his government had achieved diplomatic success. He said that Jerusalem has a plan to squeeze the Iranian military out of Syria, and that Israel can count on Russia’s support in this.

    The Israeli minister observed that the close collaboration between Moscow and Tehran is coming to an end.

    While Russia had to fight against the Syrian anti-government formations, Moscow treated Iran and its allies from …

  • Russian soldier killed in Syria

    On November 2, a soldier from the Russian Orenburg region died in an explosion of an anti-tank mine in the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor. 

    As reported by the Russian service of the BBC, the soldier, 28-year-old Andranik Arustumyan, was a native of the village of Medvedka, and it was his second trip to Syria. 

    The fatal accident took place near the Russian military base, the entrance to which was guarded from suicide bombers of the Islamic State, by Russian servicemen. 

    It was noted that …

  • Kremlin does not believe in quick withdrawal of US troops from Syria

    Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Saturday that Russia is under no illusions concerning the withdrawal of US troops from Syria, and that this is likely to be a long and contradictory process.

    According to Ryabkov, the US withdrawal is one of the most pertinent issues. “The signals that are coming in are contradictory – the schedule and, overall, the sequence of steps in this area are up in the air,” the diplomat commented, “We are monitoring this process, on the premise …

  • 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 …