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Syrian Rebels’ Aleppo Success Complicates Strategies of Assad and Russia

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT, Aug 10 – In breaking a Syrian government siege on opposition-held areas of Aleppo, insurgents have set back President Bashar al-Assad’s hopes of using Russian air power to reclaim a vital city and speed the end of the five-year conflict. The sudden advance by fighters from western Syria into a military

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Republican National Security Experts: Trump Would Be ‘Dangerous’ President

By Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON, Aug 8 – Fifty prominent Republican national security officials, including a former CIA director, on Monday called party nominee Donald Trump unqualified to lead the country and said he would be “the most reckless president in American history.” The statement was the latest repudiation of Trump’s candidacy by veteran Republican national

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Kerry Presses On with Russian Talks on Syria Despite Aleppo Setbacks

By Lesley Wroughton, Jonathan Landay and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON, Aug 6 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is still pursuing an agreement with Russia on military cooperation in the fight against Islamic State in Syria despite major setbacks and skepticism from other administration officials and U.S. allies, U.S. officials with knowledge of the talks

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Putin and Erdogan to Meet Next Month Amid Growing Rapprochement

By Denis Pinchuk MOSCOW, July 26 – Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan next month for the first time in almost a year, a sign that a rapprochement between the two nations is gathering pace. Russian trade sanctions imposed on Ankara over the Turkish shooting down of a Russian jet

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Turkey Mends Fences with Israel, Russia in Foreign Policy Reset

By Nick Tattersall, Jack Stubbs and Jeffrey Heller ISTANBUL/MOSCOW/JERUSALEM, June 27 – Turkey announced the restoration of diplomatic ties with Israel on Monday after a six-year rupture and expressed regret to Russia over the downing of a warplane, seeking to mend strained alliances and ease a sense of isolation on the world stage. The deal

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Russia Secures Energy Deals, Talks Security With China as Putin Visits

By Denis Dyomkin BEIJING, June 25 – Russia and China sealed a raft of energy deals during President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Beijing on Saturday, strengthening economic ties while pledging to preserve the strategic balance of power among nations. The deals involve the sale of stakes in a number of Russian projects to Chinese firms,

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Turkish Firms in Russia Struggle as Diplomatic Row Rages

By Alexander Winning MOSCOW, March 30 – Four months after President Vladimir Putin accused Ankara of a “stab in the back”, Turkish business executives in Russia are getting used to saying hasty goodbyes. “Every week another friend calls to say he’s leaving,” one Turkish businessman based in Moscow told Reuters. “It’s become very difficult for

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Syria Says Russian Withdrawal Was No Surprise to Assad’s Gov’t

GENEVA, March 16  – Russia’s withdrawal of forces from Syria was no surprise to Damascus, Bashar Ja’afari, head of the Syrian government delegation at peace talks in Geneva, said on Wednesday. More than five months after they started air strikes to bolster President Bashar Al Assad, President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that most Russian forces

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Iran Sees Russia’s Withdrawal from Syria as “Positive Sign”

DUBAI, March 16 – Iran’s foreign minister has called Russia’s decision to withdraw its forces from Syria “a positive sign”, while a senior security official said the move was pre-planned and not a surprise to Tehran. President Vladimir Putin unexpectedly announced on Monday that most Russian forces would be withdrawn from Syria after deploying in

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