Category: Conflict in Syria

Russian deputy envoy says UN resolution on human rights in Syria detached from reality

Russian deputy envoy says UN resolution on human rights in Syria detached from reality

© Alexander Shcherbak/TASS THE UNITED NATIONS, November 16. /TASS/. Russia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Gennady Kuzmin slammed the resolution on human rights in Syria passed by UN General Assembly Third Committee on Friday as political point scoring, he said at the committee’s meeting. Moscow voted against the resolution at the meeting. “It is just a mechanism for geopolitical score-settling,” Kuzmin said about the resolution. “We have spoken out more than once against attempts to transform the Third Committee into a body rubberstamping the nations’ politicized resolutions with the only aim of mount pressure on the government of one of the UN member states,” he…

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At least 25 soldiers killed since memorandum on Idlib demilitarized zone came into effect

At least 25 soldiers killed since memorandum on Idlib demilitarized zone came into effect

© Marina Lystseva/TASS MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. More than 530 ceasefire violations, which resulted in the deaths of 25 Syrian soldiers, have been documented since an agreement to set up a demilitarized zone in the Idlib province was signed last September, Lieutenant General Vladimir Savchenko, chief of the Russian center for reconciliation of conflicting sides in Syria, told reporters on Friday. “Since the memorandum to establish a demilitarized zone was signed on 17 September 2018, the reconciliation center has documented more than 530 violations of the ceasefire agreement. As a result, 25 Syrian soldiers were killed, 67 people were wounded, including five civilians,” he said. In…

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Prostitution, human trafficking, sexual slavery thrive in Rukban refugee camp — top brass

Prostitution, human trafficking, sexual slavery thrive in Rukban refugee camp — top brass

MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. The administration of the Al Rukban camp is unable to provide security for the refugees, and prostitution, theft, sexual slavery of minors and human trafficking thrive there, the Russian Defense Ministry’s representative in the ceasefire and humanitarian aid groups in Geneva, Yuri Tarasov, said at a meeting of the Russian and Syrian centers for the return of refugees on Friday. “Another negative aspect of the current state of affairs in the camp is the inability of the local administration to guarantee refugees’ personal safety. On the territory of Al Rukban theft, prostitution and forced marriages are frequent. Sexual exploitation of minors…

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Over 6,000 US-controlled militants remain in Rukban refugee camp

Over 6,000 US-controlled militants remain in Rukban refugee camp

Rukban refugee camp © AP Photo MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. More than 6,000 militants of the Maghawir al-Thawra group controlled by the US are currently in the Rukban refugee camp along with 50,000 refugees, Yuri Tarasov, the Russian Defense Ministry’s Envoy to the Ceasefire and Humanitarian Task Forces in Geneva, said at a meeting of the Russian and Syrian headquarters for refugees’ return on Friday. “One of the most pressing issues today is the situation in the Rukban refugee camp, where a dire humanitarian situation has emerged. It is noteworthy that the total number of temporarily displaced individuals there is around 50,000. Of these, about 6,000…

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Next meeting on Syria in Astana to focus on Idlib — ambassador

Next meeting on Syria in Astana to focus on Idlib — ambassador

Syrian Ambassador to Russia, Riyad Haddad © Mikhail Tereshchenko/TASS IZHEVSK, November 15. /TASS/. The upcoming meeting on Syria in Astana to be held in the near future will be dedicated, in particular, to the implementation of the Russian-Tukish agreements on Idlib, Syrian Ambassador to Russia, Riyad Haddad, told reporters on Thursday. “Work is in progress on demilitarizing the zone as part of the agreement on Idlib. We will meet in Astana in the near future to evaluate the work that was done on the Idlib agreement,” the diplomat said. In other media

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Militants open fire at Aleppo suburbs four times  in past day — reconciliation center

Militants open fire at Aleppo suburbs four times in past day — reconciliation center

© Marina Lystseva/TASS MOSCOW, November 14. /TASS/. Militants have shelled the outskirts of Aleppo four times in the past 24 hours from the Idlib de-escalation zone, leaving two Syrian soldiers and one civilian wounded, Lieutenant General Vladimir Savchenko, head of the Russian center for reconciliation of conflicting sides in Syria, told reporters on Wednesday. “Over the past 24 hours, four incidents of shelling on the northeastern outskirts of the city of Aleppo have been registered. Two Syrian servicemen and one civilian were injured in shellings,” he said. Savchenko added that the Russian military carried out a humanitarian mission in Rayan, Aleppo Province, handing out 450 food sets…

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Two humanitarian operations conducted by Russian military in Syria’s Aleppo

Two humanitarian operations conducted by Russian military in Syria’s Aleppo

© Andrey Gryaznov/TASS MOSCOW, November 12. /TASS/. Officers of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Conflicting Sides in Syria delivered humanitarian assistance, including clothing and bread, to the city of Aleppo, the center’s chief Vladimir Savchenko said on Monday. “Two humanitarian operations were conducted in the city of Aleppo. A total of 150 school backpacks with school kits were handed out to pupils in the Fatih Marashi school in the Ashaar neighborhood. As many as 150 outfits and 150 blankets were distributed among civilians in the Julub neighborhood. Apart from that, one tonne of fresh bread was handed out,” he said. The Russian reconciliation center continues…

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One in three Syrians returning home receives medical assistance at border crossings

One in three Syrians returning home receives medical assistance at border crossings

DAMASCUS, November 12. /TASS/. One in three refugees returning to Syria from Jordan and Lebanon has received medical assistance at border crossings, Deputy Head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides in Syria Major General Yevgeny Kharchenko said, addressing a meeting with members of the public and local authorities in Damascus. According to earlier reports, more than 1.5 mln Syrian refugees have already returned to their places of permanent residence. In particular, as many as 260,000 people have returned from Lebanon and Jordan. “Every third refugee returning to Syria has been provided with medical assistance at border crossings,” Kharchenko pointed out. According…

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Syrian soldier killed in shelling attack by militants in Aleppo governorate

Syrian soldier killed in shelling attack by militants in Aleppo governorate

© Marina Lystseva/TASS MOSCOW, November 9. /TASS/. One Syrian serviceman was killed in a shelling attack staged by militants operating in Syria’s Idlib de-escalation zone at positions of government troops in the Aleppo governorate, chief of the Russian Reconciliation center for conflicting sides Vladimir Savchenko said on Friday. “During the day, shelling attacks were reported at the settlement of Qudehi in the Aleppo governorate and Aleppo’s western suburbs. One Syrian serviceman was killed in Qudehi,” he said. According to Savchenko, officers of the Russian reconciliation center had a meeting with local government officials and representatives from the reconciliation committee in the Deir ez-Zor governorate. “The meeting focused…

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Russian, Syrian troops free 19 IS captives — Defense Ministry

Russian, Syrian troops free 19 IS captives — Defense Ministry

MOSCOW, November 9. /TASS/. Syrian troops supported by Russian military officers have freed 19 Islamic State hostages, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Friday. “On November 8, 2018, Syrian forces carried out a carefully planned special operation under the guidance of Russian military officers from the Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides in Syria, rescuing 19 civilian hostages seized by the ISIL [the former name of the Islamic State terror group outlawed in Russia – TASS] more than three months ago,” the statement reads. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Russian and Syrian troops freed 15 Druze children and four…

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Russia, Turkey team up to fight terror in Syria despite different stances, says lawmaker

Russia, Turkey team up to fight terror in Syria despite different stances, says lawmaker

MOSCOW, November 8. /TASS/. Moscow and Ankara are maintaining the prospect of interacting on bilateral and multilateral levels to fight terrorism in Syria, despite their different views on the situation in the war-torn Arab republic, Head of Russian Federation Council’s International Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev said on Thursday. “Our interpretations of what is going on in this country [Syria] differ, I mean, our vision of how the existing problems should be resolved. However, the most important thing is that under the circumstances, our two countries [Russia and Turkey] maintain the possibility of bilateral and multilateral cooperation for the sake of achieving the most crucial goal,…

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Thousands of corpses from US-led airstrikes found under Raqqa rubble, says diplomat

Thousands of corpses from US-led airstrikes found under Raqqa rubble, says diplomat

MOSCOW, November 8. /TASS/. The bodies of over 8,000 Syrians killed in bombing raids by the US-led coalition have been found in mass graves in Syria’s Raqqa after the rubble was partially cleared away, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday. “Last week, the Syrian government, in its letters addressed to the UN secretary general and the UN Security Council president, provided the tragic statistics on the victims of the coalition’s bombing raids in the city of Raqqa during its ‘liberation’ from ISIL (former name of the Islamic State terror group, outlawed in Russia – TASS),” she noted. “The bodies of over 4,000…

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Russia’s combat helicopters to be improved after Syria operation experience

Russia’s combat helicopters to be improved after Syria operation experience

Ka-52 helicopters © Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defense Ministry Press Office/TASS ZHUHAI /China/, November 8. /TASS/. The holding company Helicopters of Russia (an affiliate of Rostec) keeps improving and perfecting its combat helicopters that were tested in real action in Syria, the company’s chief, Andrey Boginsky, told the media on the sidelines of Airshow China. “There are dozens of such amendments. They are different and concern the design of the aircraft, the weapons they carry, the onboard defense systems, the weapons control systems and the possibility of using unified weapons identical to those carried by Ka-52 and Mi-28N. Vast cooperation by Rostec’s holding companies is afoot,” he said.…

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Too early to speak about end of work on demilitarized zone in Idlib, says diplomat

Too early to speak about end of work on demilitarized zone in Idlib, says diplomat

MOSCOW, November 8. /TASS/. Work to create a demilitarized zone in Syria’s Idlib Governorate continues, and it is too early to speak about its end, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Thursday. “The implementation of the Russian-Turkish memorandum of September 17 on stabilization in the Idlib de-escalation zone continues. Despite practical success in forming a demilitarized line along the borders of this zone stipulated by the memorandum, it is too early to speak about the end of the necessary work,” she said. According to the Russian-Turkish memorandum that was signed in Sochi on September 17, there were plans to create…

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Russian military distribute food in Syria’s Aleppo region

Russian military distribute food in Syria’s Aleppo region

© Andrey Gryaznov/TASS MOSCOW, November 7. /TASS/. Russian military have carried out a humanitarian mission, distributing 450 food sets to residents in a village in Syria’s Aleppo Province, Lieutenant General Vladimir Savchenko, chief of the Russian center for reconciliation of conflicting sides in Syria, told reporters on Wednesday. “In the past 24 hours, the Russian center for reconciliation of conflicting sides has carried out a humanitarian mission in the populated locality of Tarfavi, Aleppo Province, handing out 450 food sets and one tonne of bread,” he said. Besides, the center held talks with the authorities of Marrat in Deir ez-Zor Province discussing how to rebuild vital facilities…

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Lavrov: After IS downfall in Syria, terrorist sleeper cells cropping up in other countries

Lavrov: After IS downfall in Syria, terrorist sleeper cells cropping up in other countries

MOSCOW, November 7. /TASS/. Terrorist groups defeated in Syria are creating recruitment networks and sleeper cells in other countries, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday. “Having suffered a military defeat in Syria, terrorist groups are creating new footholds, recruitment networks and sleeper cells in other countries, continuing to take advantage of the persisting disunity of the global community and the fact that far from all states took the necessary legislative and law enforcement measures at the national level,” he said at a meeting of the heads of intelligence services, security and law enforcement agencies. “The capabilities of criminal groups in Syria and Iraq…

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Russian specialists reconfigure S-300 systems in Syria

Russian specialists reconfigure S-300 systems in Syria

© Donat Sorokin/TASS MOSCOW, November 7. /TASS/. Russian technical specialists have completed the reconfiguration of S-300PM/PM-2 air defense systems to the export version S-300PMU-2 Favorit and returned to Russia, a military-diplomatic source told TASS on Wednesday. “Technical specialists from Russia’s defense industry enterprises who arrived in Syria in early October following the supply of S-300PM/PM-2 systems have completed their reconfiguration to the export version S-300PMU-2. They returned to Russia several days ago,” the source said. “All three battalions armed with S-300PMU-2 systems are ready for combat operation in Syria. Syrian military personnel is now to be instructed in their use,” he added. Another military-diplomatic source earlier…

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Russian diplomats, Syrian president discuss Idlib situation

Russian diplomats, Syrian president discuss Idlib situation

© Ugur Can/DHA via AP MOSCOW, November 6. /TASS/. Russia’s Special Presidential Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev and Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin have discussed the fight against terrorists in the Syrian province of Idlib with the country’s President Bashar al-Assad during their November 4 visit to Damascus, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. “The parties thoroughly discussed the current situation in Syria, focusing on the implementation of the memorandum on Idlib adopted in Sochi on September 17 in light of the ongoing fight against terrorists,” the statement reads. “Detailed information about the outcome of the four-party summit (between Russia, Turkey, Germany…

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Turkey thankful to Putin for supporting memorandum on Syria’s Idlib — top diplomat

Turkey thankful to Putin for supporting memorandum on Syria’s Idlib — top diplomat

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu © EPA-EFE/SEDAT SUNA TOKYO, November 6. /TASS/. Turkey is thankful to Russian President Vladimir Putin for supporting the Sochi memorandum on Syria’s Idlib which allowed to prevent another humanitarian catastrophe in the Arab country, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at the press conference in Tokyo in response to a TASS question. “Russia is an important partner for us, and our bilateral relations expanded over the last several years. We are trying to do everything possible to develop our cooperation in different spheres. I am very thankful to the Russian president for his support of the memorandum on Idlib. This is…

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Russian envoy, Iranian senior security official hold talks on Syria in Tehran

Russian envoy, Iranian senior security official hold talks on Syria in Tehran

Russian Presidential Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev © Alexander Scherbak/TASS MOSCOW, November 5. /TASS/. Russian Presidential Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev and Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani held talks in Tehran on Monday, the Tasnim news agency said. The Russian envoy and the Iranian senior security official discussed political resolution to the Syrian conflict. According to the news agency, Shamkhani praised cooperation between Tehran, Damascus and Moscow, pointing out that it had become a leading factor in giving the upper hand to the Syrian army against terrorism. The Russian presidential envoy for Syria has arrived in Iran to deliver a report on…

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Russia’s UN envoy warns about fake chemical weapons attack being prepared in Syria

Russia’s UN envoy warns about fake chemical weapons attack being prepared in Syria

© EPA-EFE/YOUSSEF BADAWI THE UNITED NATIONS, November 5. /TASS/. Terrorists acting in close cooperation with the White Helmets non-governmental group plan to fake a chemical weapons attack near the Syrian city of Idlib, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya told the UN Security Council session on Monday. “Alarming reports continue coming that terrorist groups in Syria, in cooperation with the White Helmets, are not halting preparations to stage massive provocations with the use of toxic chemicals,” he said. “Syrian colleagues regularly inform [UN] Security Council members about those signals.” “This information is available through Russian military as well,” the ambassador stressed. “For instance,…

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Two Syrian servicemen killed in shelling attack by militants

Two Syrian servicemen killed in shelling attack by militants

© Timur Abdullayev/News Team/TASS MOSCOW, November 2. /TASS/. Two Syrian servicemen were killed and 13 more were wounded in shelling attacks staged by militants in the Latakia governorate and the city of Aleppo, chief of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the conflicting sides Vladimir Savchenko said on Tuesday. “During the day, seven shelling attacks were reported from the settlements of Nahshebba, al-Salihiya and Sanjeka in the Latakia governorate and Alleppo’s neighborhoods. As a result of shelling, two Syrian servicemen were killed and 13 more were wounded. No civilian casualties were reported,” he said. During the day, officers of the Russian reconciliation center conducted one humanitarian…

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Outgoing UN envoy to report to Security Council on Syria on November 19

Outgoing UN envoy to report to Security Council on Syria on November 19

UN, November 2. /TASS/. Outgoing UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura will deliver his final report on Syrian settlement to the UN Security Council on November 19, according to the schedule of China’s Security Council presidency this month. The schedule was unveiled by China’s UN envoy Ma Zhaoxu on Thursday evening. The Chinese diplomat told reporters that “the situation in Syria will be discussed three times this month, during sessions devoted to chemical weapons, humanitarian problems and political settlement.” The November 19 session on political settlement will be of particular importance, because de Mistura earlier said he would deliver a report about his…

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Syrian militants prepare new provocations with use of chlorine — Russian military

Syrian militants prepare new provocations with use of chlorine — Russian military

© Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP MOSCOW, November 1. /TASS/. Militants from the Syrian province of Idlib are preparing new provocations with the use of poisonous substances, the head of the Russian center for reconciliation of conflicting sides in Syria, Lt. Gen. Vladimir Savchenko, told reporters on Thursday. “Judging by information received by the Russian Reconciliation Center, militants of the Ahrar al-Sham and Jaysh al-Izza are preparing for new provocations with the use of poisonous substances,” Savchenko said. According to the Russian official, terrorists delivered two containers with chlorine to the town of Qalaat al-Madiq, some 20 km west of the city of Hama.…

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Large dairy factory in Eastern Ghouta to renew operation in seven months

Large dairy factory in Eastern Ghouta to renew operation in seven months

DAMASCUS, November 1. /TASS/. A dairy factory operated by Almarai Aldemshkieh in Eastern Ghouta, one of the largest dairy factories in Syria which was destroyed by militants, will renew its operation in seven months, said the factory’s head, Wissam al-Manfush. “The plant located in Misraba (a community in Eastern Ghouta – TASS) was blown up by militants. About 500 people worked there before the war, and the cow population was about 1,000. There are 60 [animals] left there now. We are carrying out restoration work. We plan to renew the operation in seven months,” the source said. Before the war, the factory produced a wide…

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Russian envoy holds talks on constitutional committee with Syrian opposition activist

Russian envoy holds talks on constitutional committee with Syrian opposition activist

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov © Valery Sharifulin/TASS MOSCOW, October 31. /TASS/. Russian Presidential Special Envoy for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov held talks with Qadri Jamil, a leader of the Syrian opposition ‘Moscow group” on Wednesday focusing on a goal of the soonest creation of the constitutional committee, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. They “discussed topical issues related to resolution to the Syria crisis, including a task of the soonest creation of the constitutional committee in line with decisions of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi,” the ministry…

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Russian envoy holds talks with Syrian opposition activist on constitutional committee

Russian envoy holds talks with Syrian opposition activist on constitutional committee

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Envoy for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov © Valery Sharifulin/TASS MOSCOW, October 31. /TASS/. Russian Presidential Special Envoy for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov held talks with Qadri Jamil, a leader of the Syrian opposition ‘Moscow group” on Wednesday focusing on a goal of the soonest creation of the constitutional committee, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. They “discussed topical issues related to resolution to the Syria crisis, including a task of the soonest creation of the constitutional committee in line with decisions of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi,” the ministry…

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