Russia's stance on Syria dims hopes for U.S. thaw

Apr 13, 2017

Russia's stance on Syria dims hopes for U.S. thaw

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intervention in Syria in 2015 had saved President Bashar Assad’s government from imminent collapse and raised Russia’s global clout. But after last week’s chemical weapons attack their relationship is increasingly becoming a burden for Putin, jeopardizing chances for improved relations ...

Russia vetoes U.N. resolution on Syria sarin attack probe

/ Apr 13, 2017

Russia vetoes U.N. resolution on Syria sarin attack probe

Russia on Wednesday vetoed a U.N. resolution demanding the Syrian government cooperate with an investigation of a suspected chemical attack, blocking Security Council action against its ally for an eighth time. Britain, France and the United States had put forward the measure in response ...

Tillerson: Russia must choose between Assad and the U.S.

/ Apr 11, 2017

Tillerson: Russia must choose between Assad and the U.S.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued an ultimatum to Russia on Tuesday: Side with the U.S. and likeminded countries on Syria, or embrace Iran, militant group Hezbollah and embattled Syrian leader Bashar Assad. As he embarked on a trip to Moscow following urgent ...

U.S. strike destroyed 20% of Syria's working warplanes: Mattis

Apr 11, 2017

U.S. strike destroyed 20% of Syria's working warplanes: Mattis

Last week’s U.S. strike on a Syrian air base destroyed a fifth of President Bashar Assad’s working warplanes, Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said Monday. “The assessment of the Department of Defense is that the strike resulted in the damage or destruction of fuel and ...