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  • Russia said abandoning Assad as Syria regime collapses further

    06/01/2015 3:43:10 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 33 replies
    YNet News ^ | 31 May 15 | Roi Kais
    Asharq Al-Awsat says Moscow has pulled military experts from Assad's war room in Damascus, evacuated non-essential personnel and stopped declaring there is no alternative to Assad. Russia is pulling away from its relationship with embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad and withdrawing key personnel from Damascus, the London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported Sunday, citing senior Gulf and Western officials. "The Kremlin has begun to turn away from the regime," the newspaper said. The report also quoted Syrian opposition sources as saying that Hezbollah and Iranian military experts have left Assad’s war room in Damascus, along with Russian experts.
  • Kerry tells Capitol Hill that Obama’s Syria policies have failed

    02/03/2014 1:09:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/03/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Josh Rogin gets this bombshell from two of the Senators in the closed-door meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry, who briefed them and thirteen other members of Congress on progress in Syria. In short, it doesn’t exist. The chemical-weapons inspection regime set up by Russia to protect Bashar al-Assad is nothing short of a joke, and the peace talks are going exactly where everyone else knew they would … nowhere. Kerry told his former colleagues that he has lost faith in Obama’s policies, and now the US must intervene to stop Syria from being taken over by radical Sunni...
  • Russian embassy shelled as Syria discloses chemical arsenal

    09/22/2013 8:55:06 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 7 replies
    Xinhua News Agency ^ | 09/22/2013 | Xinhua
    BEIJING, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- Three diplomats were injured in a mortar shell targeting the Russian embassy in Damascus on Sunday as Syria promptly handed over a preliminary report of its chemical weapons in fulfillment of its commitment made earlier. In the mortar attack, one shell was fired by militants in the hotspot district of Brazeh onto the Russian embassy compound. Brazeh has been a scene of fierce clashes raging on for days between the rebels and the Syrian government army. "Three members of the embassy's staff received wounds not threatening their lives," the Russian foreign ministry said in a...
  • FSB Official Says Hundreds of Russians Fighting in Syria

    09/22/2013 12:47:34 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 8 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | 09/20/2013 | Moscow Times
    Among the arguments President Vladimir Putin offered against Western military intervention in Syria in his recent New York Times op-ed was "deep concern" over the "hundreds of militants from Western countries and even Russia" currently fighting in the war-torn country. "Might they not return to our countries with experience acquired in Syria?" Putin asked. A senior Russian official confirmed that hundreds of Russian mercenaries are thought to be fighting in Syria and echoed the president's concerns in an interview with Interfax on Friday. "Recruitment of mercenaries really does happen. We think that around 300 to 400 people from the territory...
  • ‘Regime Change’ in Syria Not Off the Table – Russian MP

    09/15/2013 11:36:58 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 2 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 09/15/2013 | RIA Novosti
    MOSCOW, September 15 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian-US deal on Syria, reached on Saturday, does not mean that Washington has dropped plans to impose regime change in Damascus, a senior Russian lawmaker said. “The agreement on Syria should not create any illusions: it has hampered the US military strike but it does not mean the refusal from a “regime change” in Syria,” Alexei Pushkov, who heads the international affairs committee of the Russian parliament’s lower house, said on Twitter. Pushkov added that the deal deprives the Syrian rebels of the opportunity to use chemical weapons for provocations. “Now it will...
  • Norway, Sweden and Poland claim Russia stole Syrian plan from them

    09/15/2013 10:55:48 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 10 replies
    Pravda ^ | 09/13/2013 | Pravda
    Office of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Sweden and Poland have accused Russia of "stealing" the plan to hand over the Syrian arsenal of chemical weapons under the control of the international community. "Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Norway and Sweden elaborated the plan that Russia presented for its own," Norwegian publications wrote with reference to Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide. However, in a recent interview, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that the need to monitor Syrian chemical weapons was discussed at the meetings of the United Nations and during bilateral talks with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and...
  • Putin says could turn against Assad - if case proved

    09/04/2013 9:18:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 09/04/2013 | Thomas Grove and Yara Bayoumy
    President Vladimir Putin offered a glimpse of international compromise over Syria on Wednesday, declining to entirely rule out Russian backing for military action as he prepared to host a summit of world leaders. As the United States and allies prepare to bypass any Russian U.N. veto and attack Damascus, there is little chance of Putin's support. But his words may herald new efforts to overcome great power rivalries that have let Syria descend into bloody chaos. At the same time, Moscow said it had sent a warship it calls a "carrier killer" to the eastern Mediterranean, where a U.S. fleet...
  • Russian MPs want to fly to Washington to sway Syria vote

    09/02/2013 8:30:29 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Sep 2, 2013 10:40am EDT | NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia
    (Reuters) - Russian lawmakers want to travel to Washington to urge the U.S. Congress not to back President Barack Obama's plan for military strikes on Syria, the speaker of the upper house of parliament told President Vladimir Putin on Monday. ... "I think if we manage to establish a dialogue with our partners in the U.S. Congress, to exchange arguments, we could possibly better understand each other," Matviyenko, speaker of the Federation Council, told Putin at his residence near Moscow. "We hope that the U.S. Congress will occupy a balanced position in the end and without strong arguments in place...
  • Russia delivers new al-Qaida warning to U.S. (Jihadists being armed by Obama administration?)

    05/01/2013 11:06:18 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 27 replies
    WND ^ | Arpil 30, 2013 | Aaron Klein
    TEL AVIV – Russia delivered to the Obama administration a list of the names of al-Qaida members among the Syrian rebels, who are receiving arms shipments coordinated by the U.S., according to informed Middle Eastern security officials. The list, the officials added, demonstrates the U.S. is failing to vet the rebels being supported by the West for ties to al-Qaida and other jihad groups. The information comes amid scores of news media reports that the Obama administration is aiding the rebels, including by coordinating Arab arms shipments. The arming of Syrian rebels is considered highly controversial. A major issue is...
  • Russia says Assad's chances fading

    01/29/2013 7:01:52 AM PST · by bert · 8 replies
    Al Jereeza ^ | 27 Jan 2013 17:29 | staff
    Prime Minister Medvedev says Syrian president's chances of keeping power are getting "smaller and smaller" as war rages Russia's prime minister has said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had made a "grave," and possibly "fatal" mistake by delaying political reforms and not speaking to members of the country's oppositon sooner. "[Assad] should have done everything much faster, attracting part of the moderate opposition, which was ready to sit at the table with him, to his side," Dmitry Medvedev said according to the transcript of an interview with CNN released by his office on Sunday. "This was his grave mistake, and possibly...
  • Reports: Russia sends another naval ship to Syria

    01/01/2013 9:18:51 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies ^ | Updated: Dec 30, 2012 7:58 AM PST | AP
    MOSCOW (AP) - Russian news agencies say the navy is sending another ship to the Syrian port of Tartus, where Russia has a naval base.
  • Syria's Christians stand by Assad

    DAMASCUS, Syria -- As the announcement was made Saturday evening that Russia and China had vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning the actions of the Syrian regime, some Christians inside the country celebrated. One man from the western Syrian town of Qatana called his relatives to say "mabrook," or congratulations, on the result of the vote. A lounge bar in Damascus offered two alcoholic drinks for one in a happy hour offer. But in Christian homes around the country the prevailing sentiment is one of relief rather than delight -- they link the survival of the Assad regime...