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Russa says jet downing a ‘planned provocation’

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said the downing of a Russian jet by Turkey appears to be a planned provocation. Turkey has said it would like to avoid escalation. Russia will “seriously reconsider” relations with Turkey after one of its warplanes was downed by Turkish F-16s, Lavrov said on Wednesday, describing the incident a …

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Asia-Pacific: Beijing under fire in South China Sea row

China says it will continue to build military and civilian facilities on artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea. Beijing told other countries it has no intention of militarizing the vital trade route. Speaking at the conclusion of a weeklong meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders in Malaysia, Deputy Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin insisted that China …

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Omani FM meets Syria’s Assad as flurry of diplomacy continues

Oman’s foreign minister has visited Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus amid a whirlwind of diplomatic activity to resolve the crisis. Oman is known to play a mediator role in the region. Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi and Assad talked in Damascus on Monday as regional and international actors mount a new offensive to …

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Steinmeier’s futile diplomacy in Saudi Arabia and Iran

The problem of Syria’s civil war came up frequently on German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s recent trip to Saudi Arabia and Iran. Solutions to it did not. DW’s Dagmar Engel traveled with the minister. “We are not here as mediators.” During his trip to the Middle East, the German foreign minister would use variations of …

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German Foreign Minister Steinmeier urges Iran to work towards peace in Syria

Iran should use its influence to get the Syrian regime to discuss political transition, Berlin’s top diplomat Frank-Walter Steinmeier told an Iranian newspaper. He gave the interview ahead of an official visit to Tehran. Germany and Iran must have a joint interest to “stop the bloodshed,” in Syria, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told “Iran,” …

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Iran, Saudi Arabia and the new Middle East

German Foreign Minister Steinmeier is set to visit the Middle East to speak with Iran and Saudi Arabia. Both regional powers are adversaries on several issues. It’ll be a difficult trip. It’s clear where Germany’s foreign minister is going – at least geographically. First up is Tehran, then Riyadh. Far less clear is where the …

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Moscow’s military move complicates Washington’s Syria conundrum

From the beginning of the conflict in Syria, Washington has been caught between a rock and hard place on how to respond. Russia’s latest military move in Syria has dimmed recent hopes for a diplomatic solution. In what appears to be a coordinated effort timed for the opening of the UN General Assembly, Russia and …

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Saudi FM lashes out at Iran amid rising tensions after nuclear deal

Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has criticized Iran for making "aggressive statements." The foreign minister's statement comes amid growing tension between both regional powers following a nuclear deal. Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Monday denounced "aggressive statements" by Iran on Monday following talks with EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini. "This does not represent the intentions of…

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