Russia and Israel resume military cooperation in Syria

Three months after a Syrian force accidentally shot down a Russian military Il-20 reconnaissance plane, in the midst of an Israeli airstrike against Iranian targets on Syrian soil; Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov revealed that the militaries of Jerusalem and Moscow have resumed cooperation to assure deconfliction in Israel’s northern war-torn neighbor. At the beginning … Read more

Hamas seeks to advance relations with Russia

The head of Hamas’s political bureau is scheduled to visit Moscow next week, after the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs invited the top Hamas leader to hold an official meeting with President Vladimir Putin. While the Kremlin did not specify the reason for the invitation, Hamas said in a statement that “Ismail Haniya is expected … Read more

Moscow offers to battle terror groups in Idlib, Syria

The 11th round of the Syrian talks in Astana started yesterday, focusing on forming a constitutional committee and discussing the parameters of Syria’s constitution, as well as the situation of the demilitarized zone in Syria’s northern Idlib Province. The delegations from both the government and the opposition were present at this around of talks, joined … Read more

Moscow claims U.S. uses Islamic State as excuse to remain in Syria

Following the announcement by the Syrian Army of successfully defeating the Islamic State in the southern territories of the war-torn-country; Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of using the Islamic State as an excuse to maintain its military presence in Syria. Minister Lavrov, who spoke during a press conference with his Portuguese … Read more

Putin demands eventual disengagement of all foreign forces from Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin asserted that the nearing end of the Syrian civil war must be coupled with the “eventual” disengagement of all foreign forces from Syria. Putin stressed, in a joint press conference with visiting Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, that the disengagement of all forces would also include the evacuation of the Russian military. … Read more

U.S. warns Russian deployment of S-300 in Syria in breach of cold-war-treaty

US ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison warned Russia to immediately halt its covert development of a banned cruise missile system in Syria, or else, the United States will seek to destroy it before it becomes operational. The United States believes Russia is deploying surface-to-air systems in breach of a Cold War treaty that could … Read more

Moscow attributes full responsibility to Israel for downing of Russian jet

  The Russian Defense Ministry announced that Israel bears full responsibility for the incident, in which the Syrian Army shot down a Russian IL-20 reconnaissance aircraft. According to a Russian report presented by the Defense Ministry in Moscow, the Israeli Air Force deceived their Russian counterparts by submitting false information regarding the area of the … Read more

Israel sends military delegation to Moscow, following downing of Russian plane

The commander of Israel’s Air Force, Major General Amikam Norkin, headed an IDF delegation to Moscow this morning, following the downing of a Russian military plane by Syrian anti-aircraft fire, on Monday night. The IDF Spokesperson’s unit told TV7 that General Norkin presented “a situation report of the event regarding all aspects, including the pre-mission … Read more

Moscow-Ankara reach agreement over Syria’s Idlib

The Russian and Syrian air forces continue to bomb militant targets across Hama and Idlib provinces, as Damascus gears up for its offensive against the last major rebel stronghold in the war-torn-country. Among those joining the Syrian military to reclaim the northwestern territory are thousands of displaced Syrian residents of Idlib province, whom were forced … Read more