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    Britain: Only 5 Percent of Russian Airstrikes Targeting IS
    Oct03

    Britain: Only 5 Percent of Russian Airstrikes Targeting IS

    Only 5 percent of Russia’s airstrikes in Syria have targeted Islamic State extremists, Britain’s defense chief said Saturday, as Moscow’s four-day-old aerial bombing campaign continues despite Western concerns. In an interview with the Sun newspaper, British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said most of the Russian bombs have...

    Tense Paris Meeting Underscores Divide Over Syria
    Oct03

    Tense Paris Meeting Underscores Divide Over Syria

    They shook hands at the Elysee presidential Palace and sipped coffee in the sun, but the tense faces of French President Francois Hollande and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin underscore a widening chasm between the West and Moscow over Syria. Talks between the two leaders on the Syrian conflict were not even supposed to be part of the...

    Ukraine Peace Talks End on Positive Note
    Oct03

    Ukraine Peace Talks End on Positive Note

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Friday that he felt “cautious optimism” following talks in Paris with the Russian, French and German leaders on reviving the peace process for eastern Ukraine. Poroshenko met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a...

    Analysts: Russia Has Ambitions Beyond Helping Assad
    Oct02

    Analysts: Russia Has Ambitions Beyond Helping Assad

    Russia’s move to deepen its involvement in the Syrian conflict may have more to do with a long-term strategy of widening its influence than its stated goal of helping the Assad regime fight militants, say analysts studying the crisis. “The Russians are interested in several things in Syria,” said Christopher Kozak of the Institute for the...

    Syria and Ukraine: Two Fronts in Russia’s War for Influence
    Oct01

    Syria and Ukraine: Two Fronts in Russia’s War for Influence

    Russia’s airstrikes in Syria are in part designed to extract concessions from the West over Ukraine by making Moscow a key player in any attempts by world powers to hammer out a post-conflict settlement in Damascus, some Western officials believe. While the Syrian capital lies 3,000 km (1,800 miles) south of Kyiv, for Russian President...

    Ukraine to Pull Out Small-caliber Weapons From War-torn East
    Oct01

    Ukraine to Pull Out Small-caliber Weapons From War-torn East

    Ukrainian government forces will pull out small-caliber weapons from the war-torn east in two days’ time if the current cease-fire holds, the defense minister said on Thursday. A military conflict between government forces and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine has been raging since April 2014, leaving more than 8,000 people dead...

    Analysts: Russian Strikes Aimed More at Bolstering Assad
    Oct01

    Analysts: Russian Strikes Aimed More at Bolstering Assad

    Russia dramatically escalated its role in the Syrian conflict with airstrikes Wednesday. President Vladimir Putin described the campaign as the right way to fight international terrorists, by attacking them in territories they occupy. But some Russian analysts suggest the Russian military maneuvers were as much about bolstering Syrian President...

    Ukraine, Rebels Agree to Broaden Weapons Withdrawal
    Sep30

    Ukraine, Rebels Agree to Broaden Weapons Withdrawal

    Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists have agreed to extend a pull-back of weapons in east Ukraine to include tanks and smaller weapons systems, the OSCE’s representative at peace talks, Martin Sajdik, said on Tuesday. The deal was agreed during further talks in Minsk, Belarus, on the ceasefire, whose implementation has faced regular setbacks...

    View from Moscow: Syria Move Aimed at Ending International Isolation
    Sep30

    View from Moscow: Syria Move Aimed at Ending International Isolation

    Russia’s official media have been parsing Monday’s meeting between the American and Russian presidents in New York in detail, discussing everything from who initiated it (Moscow claims it was Washington, despite the fact that the White House denied this), to who clinked – or didn’t clink -glasses with whom at U.N. Secretary...

    UN Urges Return of Aid Agencies to Ukraine’s Rebel-held Area
    Sep29

    UN Urges Return of Aid Agencies to Ukraine’s Rebel-held Area

    A senior United Nations official warns of dire humanitarian consequences if the self-styled authorities in Ukraine’s separatist-controlled area of Luhansk do not permit U.N. and international aid agencies to return to the region. Ivan Simonovic, the U.N. assistant secretary-general for human rights, has briefed the U.N. Human Rights Council...

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