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).
Putin: Almost half of militants in Syria from Russia
About 20 thousand foreign militants are fighting in Syria, almost half of them came from Russian Federation. This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin in his interview for MIR agency.
Russia knew of upcoming Syrian chemical attack – media
The United States has made a preliminary conclusion that Russia knew in advance of Syria's chemical weapons attack last week, but has no proof of Moscow's involvement, a senior U.S. official said Monday, according to the Associated Press.
President of Ukraine conducted consultations with U.S. Secretary of State
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko conducted phone consultations with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the eve of American-Russian negotiations in Moscow.
Trump sending important signal for both Ukraine, Putin – Russian expert
A U.S. cruise missile attack on the Syrian government forces’ airbase is a very important message for both Ukraine and Putin, Russian political scientist Andrey Zubov said in an interview with Liga.net.
Britain and France call for Bashar al-Assad to leave office after chemical attack in Syria
Great Britain and France renewed their call for the resignation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after a suspected chemical attack, which killed 72 people, 20 children among them. This was reported by Reuters.
Herashchenko: The PACE President avoids providing details on his trip to Russia and Syria
The First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Iryna Herashchenko, claims that the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Pedro Agramunt, is avoiding meetings with Ukrainian politicians after his visits to Syria and Russia, as she posted on Facebook while participating in the European People's Party summit, which began on Wednesday in Malta.
US representative to the UN: Russia committed crimes in Syria
Nikki Haley, Permanent US Representative to the UN, while speaking on the protection of human rights at the UN Security Council on March 29, said that Russia and Iran are involved in the Assad regime’s annihilation of the population and civilian infrastructure in Aleppo. The US representative referred to this as “war crimes”.
Media: Russian helicopter shot in Syria
A Russian helicopter was shot down in the east of the Syrian Latakia province by members of the Ahrar al-Sham group, the Arab news outlet Al Masdar reports.
Chechen military police battalion has returned from Syria
TASS news agency reported that the Chechen military police have returned home from Syria. The battalion was in Aleppo for three months, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said.
Russia underplayed losses in recapture of Syria's Palmyra – media
Russia's force in Syria has suffered losses since late January more than three times higher than the official toll, according to evidence gathered by Reuters, a tally that shows the fight in Syria is tougher and more costly than the Kremlin has disclosed.
Media: Russian soldier from private company died in Syria
The Russian Internet publication Fontanka reports that Alexander Sagaydak, a 45-year-old Russian citizen who took part in military operations as part of a "private military company," was killed in Syria in February 2017.
Media: Russia tries contract soldier who served in Syria over loss of military property
Russian contractor Artem Hilko, who served in Syria in one of the units of the Taman Motorized Rifle Division, has become a person of interest in a court case, reported Kommersant daily.
The Kremlin confirms that Putin and Erdogan discussed coordinating military action in Syria
The Presidents of The Russian Federation and Turkey - Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan - are in negotiations regarding the question of coordination of military actions in Syria, as reported by RIA Novosti citing the press secretary of the Russian President, Dmitry Peskov.
Media: Turkish Army attacked Assad’s troops
Turkish armed forces, with the support of the Free Syrian Army, shelled the Syrian border guards at the western part of the city of Manbij, reported the Arabic edition of Al-Masdar.
Conflict Intelligence Team: Russian spy died in Syria
On March 5, the wife of a Russian soldier Artem Gorbunov commented on a vk.com social network post detailing the recapture of Palmyra, saying her husband was killed in an ambush in Syria on March 2. This was reported on the Conflict Intelligence Team’s page in Facebook.
Russia is ready to discuss the creation of safe zones in Syria with the US
The Kremlin is ready to discuss creation of a safe zones in Syria with the USA, however any such plan must be agreed upon with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a press conference in Moscow on February 22, reported Radio Liberty.
In Syria And Ukraine, Russia Positions Itself As Solution To Problems It Created
The world is becoming ever more tumultuous. But amid the general storm one country can be relied upon to maintain a sanguine -- and sanguinary -- course: Vladimir Putin's Russia.
Russian military vehicle blown up in Syria killing four military advisors
According to Russia’s Ministry of defense, in Syria, a military vehicle was blown up by a remotely operated device killing four Russian military advisors.