MOSCOW (Reuters) – Moscow can do no more for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a top Kremlin aide said on Monday, opening the way to a shift in Russia’s position after 10 months of bloodshed.
Russia has resisted pressure to call for Assad’s resignation and, with China, blocked a Western-crafted U.N. Security Council resolution that would have condemned a crackdown that has killed thousands of Syrians.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has signed a deal to sell Syria nearly 40 fighter jet trainers for over half a billion dollars, a Russian newspaper reported on Monday, despite growing international criticism over its military trade with the violence-ridden country.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has used troops and tanks to try to crush a 10-month-old popular revolt and thousands of people have been killed.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will offer Washington no explanation for arms deliveries to Syria and together with China will prevent the U.N. Security Council from approving any military intervention in the conflict-torn nation, its foreign minister said on Wednesday.
Using his annual news conference to draw lines in the sand on Syria, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said veto-holding Security Council members Russia and China would stand firm against foreign intervention.
MOSCOW/NICOSIA, Jan 13 (Reuters) – A Russian-operated
ship carrying a cargo of ammunition has reached conflict-torn
Syria after being temporarily halted during a refuelling stop in
Cyprus, sources in Russia and Cyprus said on Friday.
A source in Cyprus, where the ship made an unscheduled stop
for refuelling late on Tuesday, said the ship had given written
assurances to authorities its destination would not be Syria but
MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian-operated ship with “a dangerous cargo” has reached conflict-torn Syria, a source at the vessel’s St Petersburg-based firm said on Friday, after being temporarily halted during a refueling stop in Cyprus.
The source declined to comment on Russian and Cypriot media reports that the ship Chariot, which set sail from St. Petersburg on December 9, was carrying cargo from Russia’s state weapons exporter Rosoboronexport. The Cyprus newspaper Politis reported the ship was carrying 60 tones of ammunition.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of flag-waving and chanting protesters called Saturday for a disputed parliamentary election to be rerun and an end to Vladimir Putin’s rule, increasing pressure on the Russian leader as he tries to win back the presidency.
The protesters shouted “Russia without Putin” and “New elections, New elections” as one speaker after another called for an end to Putin’s 12-year domination of the country at the second big opposition rally in two weeks in central Moscow.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of flag-waving and chanting protesters called on Saturday for a disputed parliamentary election to be rerun, increasing pressure on Vladimir Putin as he seeks a new term as Russian president.
The protesters chanted “Russia without Putin” and “New elections, New elections” as speakers called for an end to Putin’s 12-year domination of the country at the second big opposition rally in two weeks in central Moscow.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin’s chief political strategist condemned Russian protesters on Friday, saying they wanted to turn demonstrations over a disputed election into a revolution like those that toppled leaders in the Arab world.
“There are those who want to turn the protests into a color revolution – that is for sure,” the president’s first deputy chief of staff, Vladislav Surkov, said in an interview with the Izvestia newspaper.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s presidential human rights council on Wednesday recommended to investigators that jailed ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s second sentence, which will keep him in prison until 2016, be reviewed.
The recommendation is the strongest sign of support from the authorities since Khodorkovsky, once Russia’s richest man and ex-head of oil giant Yukos, was arrested in 2003 after he ran foul of ex-President Vladimir Putin in a case critics said was politically motivated.
GROZNY, Russia (Reuters) – Dagmein Khaseinova beams with pride recalling the day her Chechen village, devastated a decade ago in a war launched by Vladimir Putin, gave the Russian ruler’s party nearly 100 percent support in a parliamentary vote this month.
Her little village of Mekhketi, she said, is even on the way to winning the cash prize she says authorities have promised for the polling station registering the biggest turnout.