russia

U.S. Sees Bearable Costs, Key Goals Met for Russia in Syria So Far

By Jonathan Landay and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON, Dec 28 – Three months into his military intervention in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin has achieved his central goal of stabilizing the Assad government and, with the costs relatively low, could sustain military operations at this level for years, U.S. officials and military analysts say. That assessment

[ Read More ]

Russia Claims Air Force Has Not Hit Civilian Targets in Syria

MOSCOW, Dec 27 – Russian air forces have not hit civilian targets since they started a bombing campaign in Syria nearly three months ago, a senior Russian officer said in an interview with Rossiya 24 television. London-based rights group Amnesty International said this week that Russia’s bombing of Syria had killed many civilians and could

[ Read More ]

Daesh “Gets Tougher” in Face of Air Strikes

BAGHDAD, Dec 27 – A new message purporting to come from the leader of Daesh said air strikes by Russia and a U.S.-led coalition had failed to weaken the group. “Be confident that God will grant victory to those who worship him, and hear the good news that our state is doing well. The more

[ Read More ]

Free Syrian Army Rebels Deny Russian Support

BEIRUT, Dec 14 – Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels fighting President Bashar Al Assad in western Syria denied receiving any support from the Russian air force, saying that on the contrary it continued to bomb them and rejecting comments by a top Russian general on Monday. A separate, recently formed alliance of armed groups—including some

[ Read More ]

Kremlin Says Planned Putin-Erdogan Summit in Russia Cancelled

MOSCOW, Dec 14 (Reuters) – A bilateral summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan planned for Dec. 15 in St. Petersburg will not now happen, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday. The summit was agreed upon during a meeting between the two men in Turkey on the sidelines of

[ Read More ]

Turkey Says its Patience with Russia “Has A Limit”

ROME, Dec 14 – Turkey’s foreign minister said Ankara’s patience with Russia “has a limit” after Moscow’s “exaggerated” reaction to a weekend naval incident between the two countries, an Italian newspaper reported on Monday. A Russian destroyer fired warning shots at a Turkish vessel in the Aegean on Sunday to avoid a collision and summoned

[ Read More ]

Russia’s Chief of Army Says Moscow Backs Opposition Offensive in Syria

MOSCOW, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Russia’s air force is conducting dozens of air strikes in Syria daily to support the Free Syrian Army fighting alongside government troops against Islamic militants, the chief of Russian army’s general staff was quoted as saying on Monday. The number of Free Syrian Army fighters now advancing in the provinces

[ Read More ]

Egypt Says No Evidence of Terrorism in Russian Plane Crash

CAIRO, Dec 14 – Egypt said on Monday it had found no evidence so far of terrorism or other illegal action linked to the crash of a Russian passenger plane in Sinai that killed all 224 people on board on Oct. 31. Russia and Western governments have said the Airbus A321 operated by Metrojet was

[ Read More ]

Russia Says Fired Warning Shots at Turkish Ship To Avoid Collision

MOSCOW, Dec 13 – The Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday one of its warships, the destroyer Smetlivy, had been forced to fire warning shots at a Turkish vessel in the Aegean Sea to avoid a collision and that it had summoned the Turkish military attache over the incident. It said in a statement that

[ Read More ]

Syrian Rebel Group Says Saudi Meet Must Rule Out Concessions

RIYADH, Dec 9 – The powerful Islamist insurgent group Ahrar Al Sham said on Wednesday that a Syrian opposition meeting in Saudi Arabia must insist that President Bashar Al Assad face justice and that Syria’s “institutions of oppression” are dismantled. The group, whose founders had links to Al Qaeda, is taking part in the meeting

[ Read More ]