Putin orders Russian troops to leave Syria: details
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria, during an unannounced visit there on Monday.
Russia blackmails gays with Syria recruitment, victim reveals
Following reports about gay pogroms in the Russian region of Chechnya, a new story sheds more light on state-sponsored policies of repression and intimidation of LGBT people
Trump made no concessions to Putin - media
Many courteous gestures were seen during the first meeting of U.S. and Russian leaders in Hamburg on the sidelines of the G20 summit, however everything suggests that Donald Trump has not in fact made any concessions to Vladimir Putin, which would have worried the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Jerzy Haszczyński wrote for Rzeczpospolita, according to zn.ua.
US-Russia cease-fire starts to work in three zones of Syria
In south-western regions of Syria Dara`a, Quneitra, and Al-Suwayda a cease-fire agreed by Russia and the US started to work on Sunday, according to AFP.
Trump, Putin agree on cease-fire in southwest Syria, US officials inform
US officials tell that during today’s meeting presidents of the US and Russia Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin reached agreement on cease-fire in southwest Syria, according to Associated Press.
Assad regime preparing new chemical attack in Syria – White House
The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children. The activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4, 2017 chemical weapons attack, White House press secretary Sean Spicer wrote on Twitter.
Fake video of "Russians fighting ISIS" in Syria prepared for Putin by his General Staff
The video that Russian President Vladimir Putin showed to American film director Oliver Stone in his latest documentary, The Putin Interviews, with a scene where allegedly Russian forces are attacking ISIS in Syria was prepared by one of the departments of the Main Operations Directorate of Russia's General Staff, according to the Russian news agency RBC referring to sources close to the Russian Defense Ministry and the Kremlin.
U.S. forces down combat drone of Syrian army
The U.S. troops shot down a battle drone of Bashaar al-Assad’s army, as the Western coalition units patrolled the area beyond the demilitarized zone in southern Syria.
Pentagon: U.S. officially supplies weapons for Syrian Kurds
U.S. Army began to supply weapons for the Kurdish militia whose fighters oppose ISIS in Syria. U.S. Army Major Adrian Rankin-Galloway said that as quoted by BBC.
Russian cruise missiles hit Syrian Palmyra
Russia’s fleet in the Mediterranean attacked what the Russian Defense Ministry refers to as ISIS positions in the area of Palmyra, Syria.
War under the Stars and Stripes: Europeans showed Trump benefit from NATO
On the eve of the NATO summit in Brussels, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed the Alliance's participation in air operations against ISIS, together with an international coalition led by the United States in Syria and Iraq. He stressed that NATO supports military operations in the Middle East with the help of reconnaissance aircraft, but refrains from participating in hostilities. In his view, the alliance's goal is to increase security in the airspace and to defeat ISIS "once and for all."
Putin and Macron to discuss Ukraine and Normandy Format
The prospects of the Normandy Four and Ukraine, nuclear issue of North Korea, the situation in Syria and Libya will be the prioritized topics of the international part of the discussion between Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia and Emmanuel Macron, the President of France. Yuriy Ushakov, assistant to the president of Russia for foreign relations reported this, according to Interfax-Ukraine.
Russian army officer killed in Syria
Russia’s Armed Forces took another casualty in the ongoing military campaign in Syria.
Reuters: Macron, Putin to continue Ukraine, Syria talks despite disagreements
"Despite diverging positions on a number of subjects, they noted the old and singular relationship between the two countries, which have had 300 years of diplomatic relations," the aide to Macron said, Reuters reported.
Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Palestine stop to recognize Ukrainian medical diplomas
‘Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Palestine temporary or permanently stopped to recognize Ukrainian medical diplomas’, Liliya Grynevych Ukrainian Minister of Education and Science claimed this as press service of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine reports.
Trump calls meeting with Lavrov "very good", — media
US President Donald Trump called meeting with Lavrov "very, very good". This was reported by Bloomberg.
Trump extends sanctions against Syria for a year
President of the United States Donald Trump continued the sanctions against the government of Syria for another year. This is reported by the press service of the White House of the United States.
Syria negotiation group agrees on ceasefire in four safety zones
International meeting concerning Syria took place in Astana. The representatives of Syria, Russia, Iran and Turkey signed the memorandum of four safety zones creation in Syria as RIA News reports.
Merkel to discuss Ukraine, Syria situation with Putin in Sochi
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet in Sochi on May 2 to prepare the upcoming G20 summit in July and discuss geopolitical conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. This was reported by the official representative of Germany Steffen Seibert, reports Reuters.
PACE creates new body to look into Agramunt's case
A new anti-corruption body will be created within the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to investigate the facts of power abuse by the PACE high command. The members of the Bureau of the PACE discussed the issue on the closed meeting today.
Trump, Merkel discuss need for peaceful solution of Donbas crisis
U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have discussed by phone a peaceful solution of the Donbas conflict, according to the White House.
U.S. defense secretary says Syria dispersed warplanes, retains chemical weapons – Reuters
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that Syria had dispersed its warplanes in recent days and retained chemical weapons, an issue that would have to be taken up diplomatically, according to Reuters.
Russian Marine officer killed in Syria
Officer of Russia’s Marines, Major Sergei Bordov was killed in action in Syria; Reuters said that with the reference to his comrade-in-arms and a source close to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.
Presidents of Ukraine and Turkey discussed further steps to develop strategic partnership
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a phone call with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Huge bomb kills dozens of evacuees in Syria – BBC
A huge car bomb has blasted a convoy of coaches carrying evacuees from government-held towns in Syria, killing at least 39 people, according to the BBC.
DPRK’s leader condemned US strike on Syria and expressed support to Assad
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on the occasion of 71st anniversary of Syria's independence sent a congratulatory telegram to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. He particularly condemned United States’ missile strike on airfield in Syria and called Washington’s actions "reckless act of invasion", according to Yonhap News.
Canada imposes new sanctions against Syria
Canada decides to add new names of Syrian officials in its sanctions lists. This was reported on the website of Canadian government.
How Tillerson's visit to Moscow became a defeat for Russian "superpower"
As soon as we seemingly got used to the fact that Russia has military potential that cannot be ignored by any country in the world, including the US ...
Assad: No chemical weapons in Syria
President of Syria Bashaar al-Assad said there is ‘no chemical weaponry’ in his country; AFP quoted him as saying on Thursday, April 13.
RFE/RL: Mogherini to pay first official visit to Russia on April 24
EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini will make her first official visit to Russia on April 24, according to Radio Free Europe /Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).
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