Syrian rebels say Turkey promises no Russian patrols in Idlib zone

Rebels in northern Syria who have rejected plans for joint Russian-Turkish patrols of a demilitarised zone said on Tuesday that Ankara had assured them no Russian forces would patrol the area. Presidents Vladimir Putin and Tayyip Erdogan agreed last month to set up the zone between rebel and government fighters, staving

Turkish, Russian presidents to meet in Sochi on Monday

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pay a one-day working visit to Russia’s coastal city of Sochi on Monday, according to the presidential press office. In a statement, the office said Erdogan will hold a bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. An inter-delegation meeting is also expected with the attendance of

Syria rejects U.N.-led idea to alter constitution

The Syrian government rejected the United Nation's efforts Tuesday to form a committee to rewrite Syria's constitution, according to Reuters. The idea for the committee was the result of a peace congress last month between Syrian groups. At a press conference in Damascus, assistant to the Syrian Foreign Minister Ayman Soussan said