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Closer Moscow Ties Don’t Change Turkey’s Stance on Assad – Deputy PM

By Karin Strohecker LONDON, Nov 26 – Turkey’s rapprochement with Russia has not changed Ankara’s position that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must go to restore peace in the country, Turkish deputy prime minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Saturday. Russia is Assad’s main military backer while Turkey backs the rebels fighting to oust him in the

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Ukraine’s Missile Test Plans Near Crimea Heat Up Row with Russia

MOSCOW/KIEV, Nov 26 – Moscow protested against Ukraine’s plans to carry out missile tests near Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014 following the toppling of a pro-Russian Ukrainian president, raising the temperature in the dispute between the two countries. Russian aviation agency Rosaviatsia said late on Friday it has received a notification from Ukraine on

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Russia says Will Need U.N. Guarantee For New Aleppo Humanitarian Pauses

MOSCOW, Nov 12 – The Russian Defence Ministry said on Saturday it would need the U.N. mission in Syria to formally confirm its ability to deliver aid to eastern Aleppo before Moscow agreed to any new humanitarian pauses in fighting in the shattered Syrian city. Moscow says previous temporary ceasefires on the ground, called to

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Ghost Soldiers: the Russians Secretly Dying for the Kremlin in Syria

By Maria Tsvetkova and Anton Zverev TOGLIATTI, Russia, Nov 3  – The start of this year proved deadly for one unit of about 100 Russian fighters supporting President Bashar al-Assad’s troops in northern Syria. On Feb. 3, 38-year-old Maxim Kolganov was killed in a firefight with rebels near Aleppo when a bullet pierced his body

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Trump Raises Specter of Crisis if Clinton Wins the White House

By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton GRAND RAPIDS, Mich./KENT, Ohio, November 1 – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called Democratic rival Hillary Clinton a threat to the country on Monday, saying that if she is elected a probe into her emails could shadow her entire term in office, as the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll showed Clinton’s

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Moscow says Russian and Syrian Planes Have Not Struck Aleppo for Seven Days

By Andrew Osborn and Lisa Barrington MOSCOW/BEIRUT, Oct 25 – Russia said on Tuesday Russian and Syrian military planes had not launched air strikes on Aleppo since Moscow said it was suspending bombing seven days ago, contradicting a monitor who says air strikes on some areas resumed on Saturday. Defence ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov

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Putin Ally Tells Americans: Vote Trump or Face Nuclear War

By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW, Oct 13 – Americans should vote for Donald Trump as president next month or risk being dragged into a nuclear war, according to a Russian ultra-nationalist ally of President Vladimir Putin who likes to compare himself to the U.S. Republican candidate. Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a flamboyant veteran lawmaker known for his fiery

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Kremlin says Worried That Terrorists Regrouping in Syria

MOSCOW, Sept 26 – The Kremlin said on Monday it was gravely concerned by the situation in Syria where it said terrorists were using a ceasefire to regroup and wage offensives against government troops. “The Kremlin views the situation as extremely complicated,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters. “We are chiefly

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U.N. Envoy Hopes for Syria progress in US-Russian talks in Moscow

GENEVA, July 14 – U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura voiced hope on Thursday that a U.S.-Russian meeting would achieve progress on the Syria peace process, including a halt to indiscriminate bombing and a formula for political transition. “Let’s see what happens in Moscow in the next few hours. Let’s hope there is some type

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