Libya commander Haftar visits Russia ahead of conference

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's defence minister Sergei Shoigu met Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar in Moscow on Wednesday, Russian media reported, signalling Kremlin support ahead of a conference aimed at settling the north African country's years of strife. Russia's military has long shown backing for the powerful Libyan commander, who dominates eastern

Russian trips to Syria hit peak after Putin ordered partial pull-out

The number of Russian civilians travelling to Syria, where Moscow is running a military operation in support of President Bashar al-Assad, reached record levels this year, according to official figures published by a Russian security service. The data does not include Russian servicemen or explain what the civilians are doing in

Russia says it will supply Syria with S-300 air defence system

MOSCOW - Russia will supply an S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Syria within two weeks, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday, a week after Russia blamed Israel for indirectly causing the downing of a Russian military plane in Syria. The crash which killed 15 Russian service members had forced Moscow