The Syrian leadership’s fears that some chemical weapons could end up in the hands of rebels pushed Damascus to agree to place the weapons under international control, Syria’s foreign minister has told a UAE-based Arabic news channel.
- 01:36 05/12/2013
- 00:49 08/11/2013
Representatives of Syria’s Western-backed opposition spoke positively of Russia’s proposal to host informal peace talks involving all political forces in the civil war, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday.
- 00:19 02/11/2013
Russia has increased its weapons shipments to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government since last year, military aid that is likely “more significant” than Iranian arms supplies to Damascus, according to senior US diplomats.
- 03:24 27/10/2013
Russia’s foreign minister and the US secretary of state have discussed collaboration in the preparation for an international conference to settle the Syrian conflict, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported.
- 23:49 23/10/2013
A Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman said Wednesday that a meeting of 11 nations on resolving the Syrian conflict resulted in a call for regime change, a challenge that upsets plans for a peace conference in Geneva.
- 20:40 08/10/2013
- 16:03 06/10/2013
A group of 14 experts is expected to join a team of the global chemical weapons watchdog in Syria next week, and the total number of experts will reach 100 in three or four weeks, a military source in Damascus told RIA Novosti.
- 16:16 04/10/2013
The Kremlin voiced disappointment Friday over the second cancellation in a month of a meeting between the presidents of Russia and the United States as ties remain strained over disagreements on Syria and Moscow’s unwillingness to extradite US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.
- 18:13 01/10/2013
- 02:49 30/09/2013
- 22:10 28/09/2013
- 20:17 28/09/2013
The US-based Human Rights Watch organization criticized Saturday the UN Security Council resolution requiring Syria to eliminate its chemical weapon stockpiles saying it has failed to deliver justice for the conflict's victims.
- 10:42 28/09/2013
- 05:49 27/09/2013
- 02:57 27/09/2013 Original story published at 01:31
Russia and the United States have agreed on a UN Security Council resolution that will not allow military action to enforce Syria’s compliance with a US-Russian plan to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday.
- 23:56 26/09/2013
Americans think Russian President Vladimir Putin was far and away the most effective world leader in dealing with the Syrian chemical weapons crisis, with US President Barack Obama trailing him in a distant second place, a new poll shows.
- 14:59 26/09/2013
- 01:56 26/09/2013
A United Nations Security Council resolution on eliminating Syria’s chemical weapons will refer to – but not automatically trigger – military action to enforce Syria’s compliance with a US-Russian deal to destroy its arsenal, The Associated Press (AP) cited a Russian diplomat as saying Wednesday.
- 01:11 26/09/2013
Thousands of armed Syrian rebels have split from the main Western-backed opposition group to create a new coalition guided by Islamic sharia law, a move analysts say could undercut a US drive to empower moderates in the war-torn country.
- 05:08 25/09/2013
- 18:32 24/09/2013
A senior Russian diplomat suggested Tuesday that sanctions against Syria could be included in a contentious UN resolution only as a possible response to noncompliance with international demands regarding Damascus’ chemical weapons, not as an “automatic” consequence.
- 18:16 23/09/2013
Protesters in southeastern Ukraine who reportedly burned the US and Israeli national flags in a demonstration against foreign intervention in Syria face up to four years in prison for hooliganism, local police said Monday.
- 16:28 22/09/2013
- 15:00 22/09/2013
- 15:44 21/09/2013 Bi-weekly column by Fyodor Lukyanov
- 14:07 21/09/2013
- 01:06 21/09/2013
The United States has not ruled out military strikes against Syria if Damascus does not abide by a US-Russian plan to hand over its chemical weapons arsenal, a White House official said Friday ahead of UN Security Council talks on enforcing the disarmament program.
- 01:01 20/09/2013
US Secretary of State John Kerry issued a sharp rebuke to Russia on Thursday over its assertion that Syrian rebels were most likely behind the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack outside Damascus, saying a report issued by UN inspectors this week demonstrates there is no evidence to support Moscow’s claim.
- 23:01 19/09/2013
Russian President Vladimir Putin sharply criticized Western powers on Thursday for their inability to sufficiently plan for the future of Syria without its president, Bashar Assad, and what to do if terrorists come to power in the country.
- 22:15 19/09/2013
While Russian President Vladimir Putin’s perceived support of the Syrian regime has brought him much flak in the Western media, his efforts to block a US attack on the country have scored him serious points at home – including with showgirls from Moscow’s “most prestigious” strip club.
- 17:50 19/09/2013
- 03:10 19/09/2013
- 23:59 18/09/2013
Former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates did not mince words this week when asked if he trusts Russian President Vladimir Putin as Washington and Moscow negotiate a plan to secure Syria’s chemical stockpiles. "Are you kidding me?" Gates told a forum in Dallas.
- 23:49 18/09/2013 Originally posted at 14:47
Syria’s President Bashar Assad thanked Moscow on Wednesday for supporting Damascus as it was confronted with the threat of foreign intervention and terrorism, the Syrian state-run news agency SANA reported.
- 22:50 18/09/2013 originally posted at 20:47
- 21:00 18/09/2013
US lawmakers are calling for a crackdown against leading Russian lenders VTB, Vnesheconombank (VEB) and Gazprombank for allegedly helping Syrian President Bashar Assad circumvent sanctions, accusations the state-owned banks sharply denied Wednesday.
- 05:15 18/09/2013
- 03:30 18/09/2013 Originally posted at 0:56
- 00:40 18/09/2013
The United States and Russia remained at loggerheads Tuesday over the potential use of force against Syria should Damascus fail to abide by a US-Russian plan to secure chemical weapons stockpiles controlled by the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
- 16:12 17/09/2013
Russia’s top diplomat called Tuesday for additional investigations into allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria, saying a UN report presented a day earlier had failed to answer certain questions and reiterating Moscow’s position that the attack was a “provocation” by opposition forces.
- 01:34 17/09/2013
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned as a “war crime” the deadly attack carried out on a Damascus suburb last month after a UN inspectors’ report released Monday said there was “clear and convincing evidence” that chemical weapons were used.
- 01:30 17/09/2013
The White House said Monday that it had authorized the delivery of supplies and equipment to the Syrian opposition to assist them in defending against chemical weapons as the United States and Russia work on a plan to secure the chemical stockpile of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government.
- 23:17 16/09/2013
A rebel coup against Syrian President Bashar Assad could boost al-Qaida’s influence in the violence-plagued nation and transform it into a safe haven for terrorists, a former senior US intelligence official said.
- 18:16 16/09/2013
- 03:10 16/09/2013
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has received a report from a group of experts on the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria last month and will submit it with the UN Security Council on Monday, his spokesperson said in a statement.
- 19:22 15/09/2013
US Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that that the deal he reached with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Syria's chemical weapons was capable of removing all its arsenal, media reports said.
- 15:20 15/09/2013
- 14:54 15/09/2013
- 05:41 15/09/2013
- 03:35 15/09/2013
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday that the United States would continue its diplomatic efforts to bring Syrian opposition forces to a planned international peace conference in Geneva.
- 00:53 15/09/2013
The Chemical Weapons Convention will come into force for Syria on October 14, 30 days after Damascus had submitted its formal instrument of accession on Saturday, the United Nations chief’s press service said.
- 21:54 14/09/2013 originally posted at 20:21
US President Barack Obama said Saturday that he “welcomes” the surprise deal Moscow and Washington reached on chemical weapons in war-ravaged Syria, but warned that the US will use military force if diplomacy fails.
- 16:56 14/09/2013 Originally Published at 15:25
- 03:04 14/09/2013
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday he believes there will be "an overwhelming report" from UN inspectors that chemical weapons were used in an attack in Syria on Aug. 21, but he did not say who was responsible.
- 01:22 14/09/2013
When Russian President Vladimir Putin had an op-ed published in The New York Times this week, Twitter erupted with all manner of customized depictions of the Russian leader, many showing him besting in one way or another his US counterpart, Barack Obama.
- 11:23 13/09/2013
As the US and Russia follow up Friday on an apparently contentious opening round of talks the night before, their top diplomats will search for agreement on the nuts and bolts that go into a Russian proposal for securing Syria's chemical weapons stocks.
- 02:35 13/09/2013
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon received a letter from Damascus on the Syrian intention to join the international convention banning chemical weapons and welcomed the initiative, his spokesperson said on Friday.
- 01:52 13/09/2013 Bi-weekly column by Simon Saradzhyan
My belief in serendipity has been renewed by US Secretary of State John Kerry’s offhand suggestion on September 9 that Syrian President Bashar Assad could avert US military strikes by “turning over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week.”
- 23:59 12/09/2013 originally posted at 22:26
A general in the opposition Syrian Free Army on Thursday accused the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad of moving its chemical weapons out of the country, even as US and Russian diplomats held talks on a Russian proposal to get Syria to place those weapons under international control.
- 23:17 12/09/2013
- 22:14 12/09/2013
- 22:08 12/09/2013 Originally published at 21:04
Syrian President Bashar Assad said Thursday that his government would put its chemical weapons under international supervision within a month after it signs the UN Chemical Weapons Convention, but only if the United States stops its “policy of threats.”
- 20:29 12/09/2013
As Russian and US diplomats prepare for a crucial test of trust during a series of meetings on Syria, US opinion polls have indicated that few Americans consider Russia and its leader Vladimir Putin trustworthy, a respected US pollster said Thursday.
- 19:51 12/09/2013 Originally posted at 12:50
- 18:18 12/09/2013
- 05:59 12/09/2013
- 02:02 12/09/2013
If global wrangling over Syria’s chemical weapons were a tennis match, Russian President Vladimir Putin would be up a point on his American counterpart Barack Obama, US Senator Rand Paul said Wednesday.
- 01:11 12/09/2013
The head of the US Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday delivered an impassioned speech backing the use of American military force against Syria if diplomatic efforts fail, but also praising Russia for proposing a plan to have Syria place its chemical weapons under international control.
- 01:08 12/09/2013
The White House has vowed that no American boots will be on the ground in Syria, but a Russian proposal to seize and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons would almost certainly require an international security force, experts said Wednesday.
- 00:11 12/09/2013
US Secretary of State John Kerry meets Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva on Thursday for hastily organized talks on a Russian plan to prevent a US attack on Syria by placing the war-torn country’s chemical weapons under international control.
- 21:00 11/09/2013
Two senior Russian lawmakers called Wednesday for additional shipments of “defensive weapons” to Iran if Washington proceeds with planned airstrikes against Syria, while unconfirmed rumors swirled that the Kremlin was working toward a new agreement on deliveries of missile defense systems to Tehran.
- 18:55 11/09/2013
The vast majority of Russians do not endorse a possible US-led military operation in Syria, and more than a half of them think their country should not get involved in the conflict, according to the latest poll, released Wednesday.
- 18:22 11/09/2013
- 17:26 11/09/2013
- 16:03 11/09/2013 Originally posted at 13:04
Tense negotiations have begun on a proposed UN resolution that would put Syria's chemical weapons under international control – a plan initiated by Russia, which appeared to ease one diplomatic stalemate only to open up new potential for impasse as Moscow rejected US and French demands for a binding resolution with "very severe consequences" for non-compliance.
- 07:28 11/09/2013
In a nationwide televised address Tuesday night, US President Barack Obama argued for a punitive military strike against Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons, though he said he is working with Russia on a proposal to defuse the situation by securing Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles.
- 02:28 11/09/2013
When US Secretary of State John Kerry said Syria could avert a US military strike by quickly placing its chemical arms under international control, he set off a round of global speed diplomacy to try to resolve the Syria crisis peacefully. See some key moments in a process that saw a seemingly offhand comment from Kerry snowball into a major change in the US approach to Syria and a global diplomatic push to prevent further use of chemical arms in that country’s civil conflict.
- 01:45 11/09/2013
- 00:32 11/09/2013
The top diplomats from the United States, Russia and Syria will meet this week to discuss Syria’s chemical weapons, media reports cited unnamed US officials as saying Tuesday. The meeting between US Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem is slated to be held in Geneva on Thursday.
- 00:10 11/09/2013
- 23:14 10/09/2013
- 21:31 10/09/2013
Russia’s initiative to place Syrian chemical weapon stockpiles under international control will only be feasible if the United States and its allies pledge not to use force, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.
- 20:59 10/09/2013
US politicians and media raced Tuesday to express skepticism of what they termed a Russian proposal for averting a US military strike on Syria, but grudgingly acknowledged that the initiative was, for now at least, moving forward.
- 20:32 10/09/2013
US President Barack Obama has agreed to Tuesday discussions at the UN Security Council on a Russian proposal to place Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal under international control, a unnamed White House official told The Associated Press.
- 18:15 10/09/2013
Damascus has not indicated any plans to seek Iran’s military help in the event of a foreign intervention against Syrian governmental forces, a senior Iranian official said Tuesday, speaking about the possible invocation of an alleged Syrian-Iranian defense agreement.
- 17:45 10/09/2013 Originally posted at 17:23
Iranian and Syrian diplomats on Tuesday met in Moscow to discuss a proposal to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control, an idea backed by both countries in hopes that it could prevent US airstrikes against Syria.
- 17:38 10/09/2013
Russia will soon put forward a “workable” plan for placing Syrian chemical weapons under international control, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday, following up on a day-old Russian proposal that has shifted the international debate on military intervention in war-torn Syria.
- 12:06 10/09/2013
Only one in five Americans believe that failing to respond to chemical weapons attacks in Syria would embolden other rogue governments, rejecting the heart of a weeks-long White House campaign for US military strikes, an Associated Press poll has concluded.
- 06:32 10/09/2013
- 03:21 10/09/2013
US President Barack Obama has said that a Russian initiative to put Syrian chemical arms under international supervision is potentially positive but cautioned that it could be an attempt to stall US military action against Syria.
- 01:49 10/09/2013
A possible break of the global logjam on Syria emerged Monday as the United States said it would take a “hard look” at an initiative to put Syrian chemical arms under outside control, even as the White House pressed its unpopular case for military action there.
- 01:19 10/09/2013
As the United States and Russia lock horns over the use of chemical weapons in Syria, the former Cold War foes are still wrestling with the remnants of their own massive chemical stockpiles that they have been working to eliminate for two decades.
- 00:47 10/09/2013
The United States will take a “hard look” at Russia’s offer to press Syria to surrender its chemical weapons to the international community, but possible military strikes against Syria will not be taken off the table because the threat of US action brought about the Russian proposal in the first place, US officials said Monday.
- 23:39 09/09/2013
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared Monday to give cautious support to an initiative to place Syria’s chemical weapons under international control, saying this would be an “important step” towards preventing their use in the future.
- 22:49 09/09/2013
- 21:47 09/09/2013
Russia on Monday threw its backing behind a proposal that Syria’s chemical weapons be put under international control, leading Damascus to say it “welcomes the … initiative” if it would indeed help prevent a US strike on the war-torn country – a suggestion floated by Washington earlier in the day.
- 21:20 09/09/2013
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday backed a proposal from Moscow for Syria to place its stocks of chemical weapons under international control, in a bid to avert US-led military strikes on the war-torn Middle Eastern country.
- 20:07 09/09/2013
The United States and its allies should “expect everything” if military strikes are launched against Syria, as the Middle East teeters on “the brink of explosion,” Syrian President Bashar Assad warned in excerpts of an interview with a veteran US journalist that aired Monday.
- 19:38 09/09/2013
Possible Intervention in Syria
Reports that gas was used in fighting in a Damascus suburb on August 21 led to an intensification of discussions about how the international community should respond to the ongoing conflict in Syria. As a UN team investigated sites on the ground in Syria to try to find evidence relating to the attack, the Syrian government and rebels accused each other of using chemical weapons.