Russia’s Putin, Germany’s Merkel discuss Syria, Ukraine: Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to German Chancellor Angela Merkel by phone on Wednesday about the deal reached between Turkey and Russia on the rebel-held Syrian region of Idlib, the Kremlin said. The two leaders also discussed Ukraine and global financial markets during the call, which was initiated

Vladimir Putin will attend a three-way summit in Tehran on Sept. 7

By: Middle East Affairs On Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend a three-way summit in Tehran on Sept. 7 with the leaders of Turkey and Iran. In April, the three leaders met in Ankara, where they discussed developments in Syria.

Crimea trading its unsold wheat to Syria in exchange for olive oil

LONDON/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Crimea has stepped up grain exports to Syria over the past year in an arrangement that gives the Black Sea peninsula an outlet for its surplus crops and ensures President Bashar al-Assad has a reliable source of wheat. Shipments started picking up in the middle of last year

Allies Assad and Putin meet to discuss Syrian “conflict”

By Reuters MOSCOW (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad flew to Russian leader Vladimir Putin's summer residence on the Black Sea for talks on Thursday about the Syrian conflict, the Kremlin said, a visit that underscored Moscow's status as Assad's chief backer. Since fighting broke out in his country in 2011, Assad