Israel to Continue Illegitimate Military Ops in Syria

Sputnik-Middle East Russia blames Israel for the destruction of the Il-20, which cost the lives of 15 servicemen, after it emerged that around the time if its demise, Israeli fighter jets were in immediate proximity to the Russian plane. The Russian Ministry of Defense accused the Israeli Air Force of providing misleading information about the…

Lavrov: Russia-Turkey Deal on Idlib No Threat to Syria’s Territorial Integrity

SARAJEVO, September 21. /TASS/. The Russian and Turkish military have coordinated the specific borders of the demilitarized zone in Syria’s Idlib Governorate, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. “The Russian and Turkish military coordinated the specific borderline of the demilitarized zone earlier, so the process for implementing the Sochi agreement [between the Russian and Turkish…

Putin-Erdogan Deal on Idlib

Elijah J. Magnier | @ejmalrai Much scepticism surrounds the fate of the city of Idlib following the deal concluded between the two presidents, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that led to the suspension of the long-awaited military operation against the jihadists and their allies. Only a few details of the deal have been revealed, enough…

Israeli-French Gamble in Syria Backfires Spectacularly

Robert Bridge By initiating an attack on the Syrian province of Latakia, home to the Russia-operated Khmeimim Air Base, Israel, France and the United States certainly understood they were flirting with disaster. Yet they went ahead with the operation anyways. On the pretext that Iran was preparing to deliver a shipment of weapon production systems…

Russia and US Work Closely to Withdraw Refugees From Rukban Camp

MOSCOW, September 20. /TASS/. Russia’s Foreign Ministry is closely working with the United States on evacuating refugees from the Syrian camp Rukban bordering Jordan to the territory controlled by the Damascus government, the ministry’s representative Nikolai Burtsev said on Thursday. “The US side suggests settling the Rukban problem through evacuating the refugees to the territories…

Russian MoD Refutes Claim Il-20 Hit Due to Failure in Friend-Foe Identification

Sputnik-Middle East It is inconceivable that the Israeli command centers and the F-16 pilots couldn’t see the Russian plane, which was approaching the runway from an altitude of five kilometers. Nevertheless, they deliberately staged this provocation, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Maj.-Gen. Igor Konashenkov said, adding that Israel’s actions are viewed as hostile in Russia. Each…

Russian Military Police Patrol Golan Heights After Downing of IL-20

Sputnik-Middle East Russian military police have been deployed to de-escalation zones across Syria since late 2016 to help maintain security in the war-torn country amid the ongoing operations by the Syrian military and its allies to clear Syria of a collection of mostly jihadist militants. Russian troops and personnel from the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria have…

Syrian-Russian Victory Over NATO the Only Way to Avenge Israeli-French Strikes

Tony Cartalucci Western and Russian media sources have reported an alleged joint Israeli-French strike on Syria on September 17. The attack included Israeli warplanes and French missile frigates operating in the Mediterranean off Syria’s coast. Amid the attack, a Russian Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft with 14 service members aboard disappeared. The attack immediately prompted commentators, analysts,…

France Shares the Blame for the Il-20 Tragedy

MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. France is partly to blame for the crash of Russia’s Ilyushin Il-20 aircraft in Syria and the death of Russian military servicemen, military expert Mikhail Khodaryonok told reporters. “The French Navy’s frigate, The Auvergne, did not make the best contribution to the air situation, creating additional difficulties for Syrian air defense…

Russian Ministry of Defense: New Security System to be Established in Idlib

MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. Work on a new security system in the Syrian Idlib de-escalation zone began on Tuesday, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a ministry board meeting. “Our Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Mr. Erdogan held talks yesterday as part of efforts to resolve the situation in the Syrian Idlib de-escalation…

Russia’s Il-20 Military Aircraft Disappeared Over the Mediterranean Sea

The ministry specified that “the mark of IL-20 went off the radars disappeared during the attack of four Israeli F-16 aircraft on Syrian targets in the province of Latakia” MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. Russia’s Il-20 military aircraft with 14 servicemen on board disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea, an official with Russia’s Defense Ministry told reporters…

Iran, Russia, Turkey Want Liberation of Idlib without Bloodshed

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Supreme Leader’s top aide for international affairs Akbar Velayati underlined that his country along with Russia and Turkey (as guarantors of peace in Syria) are in favor of returning the terrorist-occupied Idlib province to the Syrian government without shedding any blood. “Discussions have been made that Idlib should return to the central…

Ulyanov: IAEA Report on Syria Contains No Evidence of Nuclear Proliferation

17 September، 2018 Vienna, SANA Russia’s Permanent Representative to the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mikhail Ulyanov said that the report submitted by the IAEA on Syria does not contain any evidence against it. In a speech delivered at the session of IAEA board of governors in Vienna, Ulyanov said that Syria is a…