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Spain Reviewing Refuelling Permission for Russian Warships

MADRID, Oct 26  – Spain is reviewing a request by a Russian flotilla to refuel in its North African enclave of Ceuta, the foreign ministry said, as NATO raised concerns that the warships headed for Syria could be used to target civilians in Aleppo. NATO is monitoring the progress of the eight-strong carrier battle group

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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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Kerry Voices Concern to Lavrov About New Aleppo Fighting

WASHINGTON, Oct 25 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry voiced concern to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday about renewed fighting and air strikes in the Syrian city of Aleppo after a break of several days, the State Department said. Lavrov and Kerry discussed the situation in Syria in a phone call and

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Syria says East Aleppo Ceasefire Has Begun, Promises “Safe Exit”

AMMAN, Oct 20 – The Syrian military said on Thursday a unilateral ceasefire backed by Russia had come into force to allow people to leave besieged eastern Aleppo, a move that the rebels have said is part of a psychological campaign to get them to surrender. State media earlier said the army had opened exit

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Syria Rebels Reject Aleppo Withdrawal after Russian Statement

BEIRUT, Oct 18  – Syrian rebels said on Tuesday they rejected any withdrawal of fighters from Aleppo after Russia announced a halt in air raids which it said was designed to allow insurgents to leave and to separate moderate fighters from extremist militants. “The factions completely reject any exit – this is surrender,” said Zakaria

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Moscow says Russia and Syria are Halting Aleppo Air Strikes For Now

MOSCOW, Oct 18  – The Russian and Syrian air forces have halted all air strikes on Aleppo, two days ahead of a planned pause in bombing designed to allow rebels and civilians to leave the city, the Russian defence minister said on Tuesday. The announcement, by Sergei Shoigu, follows a promise made by Moscow on

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Britain, France seek EU Condemnation of Russia Over Syria

By Robin Emmott LUXEMBOURG, Oct 17 – Britain and France sought to persuade the European Union on Monday to condemn Russia’s devastating air campaign in Syria and pave the way for imposing more sanctions on President Bashar al-Assad’s government. After a weekend of U.S.-led diplomacy that failed to find a breakthrough, EU foreign ministers met

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Russia: All Talks Participants Agreed Syrians Must Decide Own Future

MOSCOW, Oct 16 – Russia said all participants in talks in Lausanne had agreed Syrians should decide their own future through inclusive dialogue and that the country should remain whole and secular, after the meeting ended without a breakthrough. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Sunday that in order for a U.S.-Russian ceasefire agreement to succeed

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Syria Talks in Lausanne End Without Breakthrough

By Lesley Wroughton and Alexander Winning LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Oct 16 – Syria talks convened by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Saturday evening failed to agree on a common strategy with Russia to end the conflict in Syria, now in its sixth year. Kerry was seeking a new

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