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Russia says 850 Takfiri militants killed in Syria’s Idlib

MOSCOW (Web Desk) Russia’s General Staff says about 850 Takfiri militants have been killed as the Syrian forces, backed by Russian warplanes, repelled an attack by militants in a “de-escalation zone” in the Syrian province of Idlib.The Russian General Staff said in a statement on Wednesday that the Jabhat Fateh …

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Russia ‘to urge US to stay in Iran nuclear deal’

MOSCOW (Web Desk) Russia plans to convey a message to the United States asking Washington to stay in a 2015 multilateral deal with Iran.Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Vasily Nebenzya said on Friday that Moscow would be delivering the message in a likely meeting of the parties to …

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Syria forces ignore US-backed militants, advance past Euphrates

MOSCOW (Web Desk) Russia says Syrian government forces have crossed the Euphrates River in their push to liberate the Dayr al-Zawr Province from Daesh, ignoring a warning by a ragtag group of militants that receives US backing.Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday that the Syrian army was …

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Russia: West whipping up hysteria around drills

MOSCOW (Web Desk) Russia has criticized the West for “whipping up hysteria” about ongoing joint military exercises by Russian and Belarusian forces.The exercises, code-named Zapad (West) 2017, started on Thursday and will last until September 20.We believe that whipping up hysteria around these exercises is a provocation,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry …

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Russia launches military drills with Belarus, causing alarm

MOSCOW (Web Desk) Russia is set to launch major joint military drills with Belarus on Thursday, amid continuing tensions between Moscow and NATO.The large-scale drills, called Zapad (West) 2017, are scheduled to be held from September 14 to 20 around the Baltic Sea, in western Russia, Belarus, and the Russian …

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Russian, US-led strikes kill 35 civilians in Syria

BEIRUT (Web Desk) Separate Russian and US-led coalition air strikes on Tuesday killed 35 civilians in Syria’s eastern Deir Ezzor province, where parallel offensives against the militant Islamic State group are under way, a monitor said.The province lies along Syria’s border with Iraq and is seen as a strategic prize …

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Russia to give due response to hostile US measures: Ryabkov

MASCOW (Web Desk) Russia’s deputy foreign minister says Moscow could impose more restrictions on the American diplomatic corps in the country in retaliation for Washington’s hostile measures against Russian diplomats and diplomatic facilities on US soil.“The conditions for the stay of US diplomats in Russia are being adjusted to reflect …

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Russia to give €1.2bn to Iran for power plant project

MASCOW (Web Desk) Russia has taken the final step to grant a major loan to Iran for the development of a power plant in the country’s south thus moving close to a promise of providing the Islamic Republic with funds amounting to above €2 billion for infrastructure projects.Russia’s government-owned Vnesheconombank, …

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Russia slams German minister for ‘baseless’ remarks

MASCOW (Web Desk) Russia’s Defense Ministry has rebuked German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen for falsely claiming that Moscow planned to send more than 100,000 troops to take part in the upcoming joint military drills in Belarus.Russia has said the exercises with Belarus, code-named “Zapad 2017” and scheduled for …

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