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President Vladimir Putin’s announcement that Russia is beginning its withdrawal of forces from Syria came as a complete surprise. DW’s Moscow correspondent Emma Burrows looks at why the decision has been made now.
Putin has ordered the defense ministry to start the withdrawal of troops from Syria, but Russia will still maintain forces at two bases. The significance of the announcement is unclear.
The Egyptian and Russian heads of state pledge bilateral action in spheres of energy and military-technical cooperation
Those who question ceasefire agreement are calling for more war, says Russian foreign minister
The player faces a 10-game ban due to UEFA regulations prohibiting political statements
Putin speaks on Western involvement in Libya and Iraq as conflict in regions continues
Russia’s power in the Syria conflict has been overestimated. The danger Moscow poses for Ukraine and Europe, however, has been underestimated. But the two issues are related, write’s DW’s Ingo Mannteufel.
‘Merry Christmas and a happy new set of sanctions to you’ is Russia’s message to Ukraine from January 1. Fiona Clark wonders what will be left to eat in Moscow come the New Year.
The international conference is expected to take place Friday
Syrian rebels are being provided with military support and air cover against Islamist militants, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said. If confirmed would be a shift in Moscow’s Syria policy
In a meeting with defense leaders, Vladimir Putin has called on the military to take a tough stance against threats in Syria. His words were seen as a reference to Ankara, which shot down a Russian plane last month
Turkey shot down a Russian plane Tuesday morning, claiming it violated its airspace
The incident took place during a very critical time while Russian President Vladimir Putin is visiting Iran, and French President François Hollande is in consultations with his US counterpart
Homemade 1 kg TNT device was detonated during the flight
Al-Sisi and Putin agree to re-establish flights as soon as possible
Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with Saudi Arabia’s Defence Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The two discussed a political solution in Syria, where Moscow has carried out airstrikes since late September.