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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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Kerry’s Syria Plan With Russia Faces Deep Skepticism in U.S., Abroad

By Yara Bayoumy, Jonathan Landay and John Walcott WASHINGTON, July 24 – Skeptics in the U.S. government, European allies in the anti-Daesh coalition and the main Syrian opposition, distrustful of Russia’s intentions, are questioning Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest proposal for closer U.S.-Russian cooperation against extremist groups in Syria. Several U.S. military and intelligence

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Istanbul Airport Bombers Were Russian, Uzbek, Kyrgyz: Turkish Official

By Humeyra Pamuk and Daren Butler ISTANBUL, June 30 – Three suspected Daesh suicide bombers who killed 43 people in a gun and bomb attack at Istanbul’s main airport this week were Russian, Uzbek and Kyrgyz nationals, a Turkish government official said on Thursday. The attack on one of the world’s busiest airports, a hub at

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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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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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Russian Warplanes Leave Syria, Raising U.N. Hopes For Peace Talks

By Dmitry Solovyov and Tom Miles MOSCOW/GENEVA, March 15  – Russian warplanes began leaving Syria on Tuesday as Moscow started to draw down forces that have tipped the war President Bashar Al Assad’s way, and the U.N. envoy said he hoped the move would have a positive impact on peace talks under way in Geneva.

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Russia’s Putin Says Syria Needs a New Constitution

By Denis Pinchuk and Denis Dyomkin MOSCOW, Jan 12 – Russian President Vladimir Putin said Syria needs to start working on a new constitution as a first step to finding a political solution to its civil war, though he acknowledged the process was likely to be difficult. Putin, who has thrown Russia’s support behind Syrian

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Russia’s Putin Wants Global Cooperation Against Terrorism

MOSCOW, Jan 11 – Russia wants to fight terrorism jointly with the rest of the world, President Vladimir Putin said in an interview published on Monday, while again accusing the West of exacerbating international crises that had contributed to it. “We are faced with common threats, and we still want all countries, both in Europe

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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

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