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

Merkel calls Russia to help prevent a humanitarian disaster in Syria

By: Middle East Affairs On Friday, a government spokeswoman said: "German Chancellor Angela Merkel anticipates that the Kremlin will utilize its impact with the Syrian government to prevent a humanitarian disaster in the rebel-held northern district of Idlib." Angela Merkel has brought the issue up as of late with both U.S. President

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.

War-torn Syria would be ready to accept one million returning refugees

By: Middle East Affairs On Tuesday, Russia's defense minister said that war-torn Syria would be prepared to accept one million returning displaced people, following Moscow-supported recreation work. Sergei Shoigu said: "Since 2015, when towns and towns slowly began to be liberated, in excess of one million individuals have returned home." He also told

Putin discussed economic and trade ties by phone with Erdogan

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed economic and trade ties by phone with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan on Friday, the Kremlin said in a statement. The two leaders also spoke about the success of joint strategic projects between the two countries, particularly in the energy sphere, it said. The call

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