Category Archives: Russia

Dubai police summon Russian model who dangled from skyscraper

Dubai police have summoned a Russian model who posed for a video while dangling from a skyscraper to sign a pledge not to put her life in danger again, a local newspaper reported on Saturday. A video of the model,

Russia calls for ‘post-West’ world order: Lavrov

Sergei Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called Saturday for an end to a world order dominated by the West and said Moscow wants to establish a “pragmatic” relationship with the United States. “I hope that (the world) will choose a democratic

Moscow finds brokering Syria peace trickier than waging war

With its show of military force, Russia changed the tide of the Syrian civil war. It is finding the next phase – brokering an end to the fighting – a tougher proposition. A round of Syria peace talks sponsored by

Russia strikes Syria after ‘Death Over Humiliation’ rebel battle

Russian jets pounded rebel-held areas of the Syrian city of Deraa on Tuesday for a second day in the first such intensive bombing campaign since Moscow’s major intervention in Syria more than a year ago, rebels and witnesses said. Rebel

Russian bombing in Syria kills three Turkish soldiers

Russian air strikes on Thursday accidentally killed three Turkish soldiers during an operation against ISIS in Syria, the Turkish military said, highlighting the risk of unintended clashes between the numerous outside powers in a complex war. “During an operation by

Lavrov calls for Syria’s return to Arab league

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called Wednesday for Syria’s return to the Arab League, saying its membership would allow the organisation to help find a political solution to the country’s conflict. “The League could play a more important, more effective

Oil slips as US drilling recovery weakens deal to cut output

Oil prices fell on Monday as news of another weekly increase in US drilling activity spread concern over rising output just as many of the world’s oil producers are trying to comply with a deal to pump less to try

Putin’s phone call with Trump display of mutual respect

Donald Trump

The phone call between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday was a display of mutual respect between the two men, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday. In the call, their first conversation since

Lavrov to meet 25 Syrian opposition members

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will hold talks with officials from Syria’s political opposition Friday, Moscow said, but it appeared representatives from armed rebel groups were not invited. The meeting in Moscow comes after two days of Russian-brokered talks between

Written document to consolidate Syria cease-fire during Astana meet

Russian news agency ‘Interfax’ reported late Tuesday that a source involved in the Astana meeting said there are expectations of a document to be signed during negotiations for the implementation of a cease-fire in all parts of Syria. The source

Damascus was 2-3 weeks from falling when Russia intervened: Lavrov

The Syrian capital of Damascus was two to three weeks away from falling to terrorists when Russia intervened in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a news conference on Tuesday. He added that

Russia, Turkey agree to coordinate strikes

Russia and Turkey have signed an agreement spelling out mechanisms to “coordinate” their air forces in Syria when conducting strikes “on terrorist targets,” the Russian defense ministry said Thursday. Delegations from the two countries, which last month brokered a ceasefire

Russian military team in Libya to meet Haftar, Saleh Issa

Russian military delegation arrived on Wednesday in Libya’s port city of Tobruk to meet Khalifa Haftar, the Commander-in-Chief of the National Army of the House of Representatives in Tobruk, as well as the President of the Libyan House of Representatives

Russia, Turkey urge Syrian ceasefire holds

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu agreed on Tuesday on the need to observe a ceasefire in Syria while continuing to fight “terrorist groups”, Russia’s foreign ministry said. Lavrov and Cavusoglu, who spoke by telephone,

US blacklists Putin ally and alleged spy killers

The United States on Monday blacklisted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s reputed top enforcer and two more Russians alleged to have fatally poisoned ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko in London a decade ago. The Treasury added the prosecutor and senior investigator Alexander Bastrykin

‘Putin ordered hacking to help Trump in election’

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign of hacking and media manipulation aimed at undermining the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton and boosting Donald Trump, US intelligence said in a report Friday. The campaign first aimed at damaging a potential

Russia announces reductions in its forces in Syria

Russia says it is withdrawing its aircraft carrier and some other warships from the waters off Syria as the first step in drawing down forces in Syria. Russian General Staff chief Gen. Valery Gerasimov said on Friday that the Admiral

Railway stations evacuated in Moscow after anonymous bomb threat

Police in Moscow have evacuated almost 3,000 people from three different railway stations after receiving an anonymous bomb threat, Russian news agencies reported on Monday. The TASS news agency said police planned to use sniffer dogs to check the Kazansky,

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