18-01-14

Latest News Syria

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The articles of the website of the Syrian News Agency Sana has been blocked for us after we published the news 'Syrian-Russian views identical on making Geneva 2 a success'...

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Terrorists suffer heavy losses in various provinces


Provinces, (SANA) - Units of the armed forces carried out operations against terrorists' dens and gatherings in several areas on Friday during which they foiled inflitration attempts and destroyed several terrorists' dens and car convoys...

Russia condemns mass executions carried out by terrorist groups in Syria


Moscow, (SANA) – The Russian Foreign Ministry voiced concern over the reports provided by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday regarding mass executions carried out by armed terrorist groups in Syria...

Zarif: Geneva 2 must lay down groundwork for dialogue among Syrian sides


Tehran, (SANA) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the international conference on Syria "Geneva 2" must lay down groundwork for dialogue...

Zebari: Only political solution to crisis in Syria acceptable


Ankara, (SANA) - Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said that a political solution to the crisis in Syria is the only acceptable solution, adding that there cannot be a military solution...

Grand Mufti stresses joint work to confront takfiri thinking at Islamic Unity Conference


Tehran, (SANA)- Grand Mufti Ahmad Badr-Eddin Hassoun stressed the importance of unity among the Muslims and denouncing discord to better serve the issues of the Islamic nation...

Sit-ins in Rome, Vienna and Amman protesting Saudi regime’s support for terrorists in Syria


Capitals, (SANA)- (Update) Italy branch of the National Union of Syrian Students and the Syrian community staged a sit-in outside the Saudi Embassy in Rome protesting AL Saud regime’s support for terrorism in Syria...

Patriarch Laham: Success of Geneva 2 would bring peace to all Arab countries


Beirut, (SANA)- Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and All the East Gregory III Laham called upon all Islamic spiritual leaderships to exert efforts as to make the international conference on Syria “Geneva 2” a success...

Syrian Cultural Center in Tehran documents crimes of terrorists in Syria


Tehran, (SANA) – On the sideline of the 27th International Islamic Unity Conference currently being held in Iran, the Syrian Cultural Center in Tehran organized an event...

http://sana.sy/index_eng.html

14-01-14

Russian and Chinese representatives withdraw from UN Security Council

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As a reminder:

UNITED NATIONS, August 28, 2013 (Itar-Tass) – The Russian and Chinese officials walked out of the U.N. Security Council meeting in New York on Wednesday, August 28, after U.S. Permanent Representative Samantha Power had called for an immediate action in Syria.

The permanent members of the U.N. Security Council – Russia, Britain, China, the U.S. and France – had been invited to the closed meeting. An hour later the Russian and Chinese diplomats left the meeting and headed to the Security Council’s main conference room where debates on Haiti was taking place.

Western countries may, until the end of the day, submit to the Security Council a draft resolution that will give the green light to an armed operation in Syria. Russia and China, which have the right of veto in the Security Council, have spoken up strongly against the use of force.

However Western countries have made it clear that they might take measures without waiting for the U.N. Security Council’s decision as they did in 1999 in Kosovo. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said this would be a gross violation of international law.

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Photos: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visits the Pentagon / Ban Ki-moon and Obama + their wives

30-12-13

Syria condemns terrorist acts hitting Russian city

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Syria condemns terrorist acts hitting Russian city, expresses concern over the spread of terrorism internationally

Damascus, Dec 30, 2013 (SANA) – Syria on Monday vehemently condemned the two terrorist acts which hit Volgograd city, southern Russia.

An official source at Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said in a statement to SANA that Syria strongly condemns the two terrorist blasts rocking the Volgograd city, southern Russia, yesterday and today.

"Syria offers condolences to the friendly people and leadership of Russia for the causalities who were either killed or injured due to the blasts, expressing solidarity with and condolences to the families of the victims," the statement added.

The official source continued to say "Syria also expresses deep concern over the spread of terrorism internationally and the brutal crimes it causes to innocent citizens", urging the international community to combat this phenomenon, which has started to expand.

The source called upon countries supporting terrorism to comply with the international resolutions and provisions of the international law, and to stop supporting this phenomenon.

Two terrorist blasts targeted a railway station and a bus within two days in the aforementioned city, claiming the lives of tens and injuring many others.

R. Milhem / Ghossoun

http://sana.sy/eng/21/2013/12/30/520041.htm

Photo: Boston terrorist attack

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July 17, 2012 – USA and Al Qaeda: Holy Alliance:
http://www.strategic-culture.org/pview/2012/07/17/usa-and...

June 25, 2013 – Saudi Arabia: ‘Syrian rebels must be armed’:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jun/25/saudi-arabia...

November 7, 2013 – Syria: Saudi Arabia to spend millions to train new rebel force:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/07/syria-crisis-saudi-arabia-spend-millions-new-rebel-force

05-12-13

Russia delivers new shipment of humanitarian aid to Syria

Russia delivers new shipment of humanitarian aid to Syria

December 4, 2013

An Ilyushin Il-76 aircraft belonging to the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry has delivered 25 tonnes of food to Latakia for Syrian civilians suffering from the internal armed conflict, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "Another Russian humanitarian operation has been carried out with relevant security measures provided by the Syrian authorities," it said...

"Russia will continue providing the necessary humanitarian aid to the friendly Syrian people both through special international organizations and in a bilateral format and will also provide assistance to Russian citizens permanently living in Syria and wishing to temporarily leave the country for security reasons," the statement reads.

Russia delivers humanitarian cargo to Syria's Latakia

Russia delivered another humanitarian consignment to Syria's Latakia on Tuesday, head of the Russian Emergencies Ministry's international activity department Alexander Tomashov said.

An Il-76 cargo plane with 25 tonnes of food onboard landed at Bassel al-Assad International Airport, where the Russian Emergencies Ministry's team was met by Latakia governor Ahmed Sheikh Abdul Qadir.

"This humanitarian cargo from Russia proves once again that Syria is not alone in its war on terror," the governor said. "With the support of its friends the Syrian people will be able to win this battle."

In 2013, the Russian Emergencies Ministry sent over 200 tonnes of humanitarian aid to Syria and neighboring Lebanon and Jordan. Another 70 tonnes were intended for Palestinian refugees in Syria. The humanitarian consignment consisted of tents, electric generators, dishware, camp furniture, blankets, food and baby food.

The ministry's planes brought around 900 citizens of Russia and the CIS back to their homeland.

Voice of Russia, Interfax, TASS

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_12_04/Russia-delivers-new-shipment-of-humanitarian-aid-to-Syria-5918/

Latest News Syria: Russia

December 4, 2013

Moscow, (SANA) – The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the terrorist attacks targeting places of worship and religious figures in Syria must stop, stressing the need to prepare a suitable atmosphere for holding the international conference on Syria "Geneva 2."

Read more at: http://213.178.225.235/eng/22/2013/12/04/515823.htm

16-11-13

Latest News Syria: Russia supports Syrian people's will

November 15, 2013

Damascus, (SANA)- President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday received a phone call from Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in which the latter stressed Russia's support for the Syrian people's will.

The conversation touched upon the efforts being exerted to find a solution to the crisis in Syria particularly as far as the proposed Geneva conference is concerned, with President Putin expressing his appreciation of the Syrian government's stance seeking to make a success of these efforts.

The Russian President voiced hope that all other sides take constructive positions in this regard, expressing his concern over the acts of violence committed by the extremists against the Syrian civilians.

He applauded the Syrian people's steadfastness in the face of what they are being exposed to, stressing Russia's support for the Syrian people's will whom he affirmed are the only ones to decide their country's future.

President al-Assad, for his part, expressed thanks to Russia for its supportive stance towards the Syrian people and for its rejection of the continued attempts at foreign intervention in their internal affairs , emphasizing the importance of bolstering bilateral relations between the two countries in the interest of their two friendly peoples.

Both Presidents stressed their common interest in continuing cooperation and coordination between the two sides.

H. Said

http://213.178.225.235/eng/21/2013/11/15/512539.htm

11-11-13

Latest News Syria: China, India, Russia

Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani (1st left) shakes hands with his Swiss counterpart Filippo Lombardi on the sidelines of the 129th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in Geneva on October 9, 2013.

China, India, Russia stress political solution to Syria crisis

11-11-2013

NEW DELHI, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- China, India and Russia Sunday stressed the need to find a political solution to the Syria crisis, said Indian Minister of External Affairs Salman Khurshid after a trilateral foreign ministers' meeting here.

The Russian foreign minister Seigei Lavrov also said the three foreign ministers agreed that a peaceful solution, rather than military solution, is the only way to end the civil war in Syria.
Lavrov also said all three countries hope the Geneva II conference on Syria should be held as soon as possible and that U. N. inspectors should be given access to the chemical stockages.

The three foreign ministers also discussed the situation in Afghanistan.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the Afghanistan is one of the most important issues for the region.
"We hope to see a safe, stable, unified and developing Afghanistan. We actively participate in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, which is in an important period of transition," said Wang.
A smooth holding of election, an Afghan-decided peace process and U.N. action in coordinating international support to Afghanistan are key elements in a peaceful transition in the country, he said.

China will host an international conference on Afghanistan next year in Tianjin, he said.

http://english.cntv.cn/20131111/100520.shtml

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Photo: Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani (1st left) shakes hands with his Swiss counterpart Filippo Lombardi on the sidelines of the 129th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in Geneva on October 9, 2013.

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/10/09/328518/geneva-2-must-gather-syrian-figures/

08-11-13

Syria, Russia, China to activate cooperation in tourism

November 7, 2013

Damascus, (SANA) – Minister of Tourism, Bisher Yazigi, discussed with Ambassador of Russia in Damascus, Azamat Kulmuhametov, relations between the two friendly peoples and exchanged viewpoints on  developing these relations in the field of tourism.

Minister Yazigi stressed in a press release that the two sides agreed to exchange experience in the field of training Syrian human cadres to develop the tourism sector.

For his part, the Russian Ambassador said that the radical solution to develop tourism in Syria lies in finding a political solution to the crisis as soon as possible, adding that Syria is rich with tourist and historical monuments.

He pointed out that Russia is committed to developing friendship relations and cooperation with Syria in various fields.

Minister of Tourism discusses with Chinese Ambassador means of developing cooperation

In the same context, Minister Yazigi discussed with Chinese Ambassador in Damascus, Zhang Xun, the bilateral relations between the two friendly countries and means of developing these relations in the field of tourism.

Minister Yazigi stressed after the meeting the importance of cooperation with the Chinese tourist organizations to launch several tourist activates, adding that a number of Chinese businessmen will pay a visit to Syria soon.

The Chinese ambassador pointed out that friendship ties between the Syrian and Chinese peoples are deep-rooted and there is always need to communicate among them.

F.Allafi

http://213.178.225.235/eng/33/2013/11/07/511305.htm

03-11-13

Latest News Syria: Russia, Japan


Nov 2, 2013

Tokyo, (SANA)_ Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that there are attempts to distort the meaning of the US-Russian initiative on holding Geneva 2 international conference on Syria .

"There are too many games around this initiative. There are attempts if not to derail the process completely , then to distort the meaning, to send it off onto the path that is too unrealistic and will prove to be a dead end," Russia today quoted Lavrov as saying in a joint press conference with in Tokyo on Saturday following his talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida.

Lavrov hailed Tokyo's confirmation on its intention to adopt the policy of active peace.

For his part, Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida stressed that Moscow supported the idea of Japan's participation in the international conference on Syria.

H. Zain/ Mazen

http://213.178.225.235/eng/22/2013/11/02/510298.htm

http://russiancouncil.ru/en/inner/?tag_4=syria#top

26-10-13

Syria: Foreign Ministers of Russia and France

Lavrov, Fabius Discuss Situation in Syria

Oct 26, 2013 
TEHRAN (FNA)- Foreign Ministers of Russia and France Sergei Lavrov and Laurent Fabius discussed in a phone call the situation in Syria.
The talks dealt with a number of international issues of common concern, including the situation in Syria and bilateral cooperation, Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday, the Syrian Arab News Agency reported.
The discussions come within the underway preparations for holding the international conference on Syria in Geneva for finding a solution to the crisis in the country.

23-10-13

Syria: Get up, stand up - don't give up the fight!

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Putin: Geneva conference on Syria represents success for international community

Moscow, (SANA) – Russian President Vladimir Putin affirmed that the ongoing preparations to hold the international conference on Syria represent a success for the entire international community... Read more

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Putin: Geneva conference on Syria represents success for international community

Oct 23, 2013

Moscow, (SANA) – Russian President Vladimir Putin affirmed that the ongoing preparations to hold the international conference on Syria represent a success for the entire international community, stressing the need to resolve the crisis in Syria using diplomatic methods.

In statements while receiving the credentials of ambassadors at the Kremlin on Wednesday, Putin noted that the most important thing is that Russia's position – which is based on the necessity of finding a political solution for the crisis using diplomatic methods – was met by understanding and support from the majority of countries.

Putin affirmed that Moscow believes that the priority should be adhering to international law and the UN role, and that it always supports diplomatic work and negotiations leading to solutions acceptable by everyone.

He also voiced Russia's readiness to assist Iraq in the fields of security, energy and technology, affirming support for the Iraqi authorities' efforts to restore stability to the country.

H. Sabbagh

http://sana.sy/index_eng.html

(The blog of the Syrian News Agency is regularely blocked by the western intelligence services)


15-06-13

Latest News Syria: Russia and Italy plead for political solution

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Russia, Italy: No preconditions for international conference on Syria 

Jun 15, 2013

Russian and Italy on Saturday said they share the position that there is no alternative to the political solution in Syria and they support holding the international conference on Syria due in Geneva to implement what was agreed upon in Geneva communiqué issued on June 30th of last year.

"Our joint stance is that there is no alternative to the political solution to the crisis in Syria," Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, told a joint press conference with his Italian counterpart, Emma Bonino, in Moscow.

He pointed out that last year "everybody agreed on taking part in the international dialogue process in which all segments of the Syrian society are to participate," expressing thanks for the Italian Foreign Minister's support to holding the international conference.

Bonino, for her part, stressed the importance that the upcoming international conference on Syria be based on what last year's Geneva meeting agreed upon.

"This process should be carried out without preconditions…and the decisions should be taken at the end of the process," she said.

She indicated a difficulty in getting this mission done, saying "We know how hard this is, and usually the outcomes of such conferences depend on the parties' readiness for compromises."

Lavrov indicated in this context to the preconditions set by certain groups of the "Syrian opposition", namely those demanding the "departure" of President Bashar al-Assad.

He criticized Russia's Western partners' commitment to the opposition's logic on the need to "remove the regime from power" and take over some cities as prerequisites to start dialogue.

"In that case, it wouldn't be possible to start the dialogue," said Lavrov.

Lavrov: Syrian regime is not in dilemma

The Russian Foreign Minister slammed the West's "conflicting statements" on the issue of using chemical weapons as being among the factors which hinder the international efforts to hold the international conference on Syria.

Lavrov recalled the previous Western statements which said that the "regime" was likely to use chemical weapons in case it found itself in a dilemma, stressing that the "regime" in Syria is not in a dilemma.

"On the contrary, the Syrian opposition says the regime is making great military achievements on the ground," said Lavrov, wondering "What is the use of the [Syrian] government using chemical weapons?…It's useless."

The Russian Foreign Minister stressed the absence of any reliable evidence that could prove that the Syrian government did use chemical weapons.

"The information and evidence which our American, British and French colleagues presented don't meet the standards of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons," said Lavrov, adding that this information has not been under continuous scrutiny and could not be confirmed.

Lavrov pointed out that the chance to conduct an international inquire into the use of chemical weapons in Syria upon the Syrian government's request was missed because of the steps which were taken by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

He clarified that Ki-moon failed to respond to Syria's request for an inquiry into the incident of chemical weapons use which took place last March 19th in Khan al-Assal in Aleppo countryside.

"Instead of sending a mission to that place, Ki-moom sent a message to Syria demanding to be allowed visits to all areas in Syria," Lavrov continued.

"We see in this a repetition of the Iraqi scenario, and everybody knows the consequences of implementing such a scenario," he warned.

The Russian Foreign Minister expressed his country's concern over the news and information on chemical weapons smuggle by the armed terrorist groups and the Turkish police's arrest of members from Jabhat al-Nusra with sarin gas in their possession, wondering how "we didn't notice any concern on the part of our Western partners regarding this issue."

Asked a question about the US's supplying the "opposition" in Syria with heavy weapons, Lavrov said "I haven't heard news about the U.S. government's desire to supply the Syrian opposition with heavy weapons…and according to our assessment, the Syrian regime didn't cross the red line."

Lavrov: Deployment of F-16 jets and Patriot missiles in Jordan is against international law

Lavrov referred in this context to the information provided by the Wall Street Journal deployment of U.S. F-16 fighter jets and Patriot missiles in Jordan, stressing that this issue is a violation of the international law.

"This equipment was deployed on the Jordanian territories and these missiles would fall the Syrian aircrafts from the Jordanian territories, and this is a violation of the international law," said Lavrov, voicing hope that "Our American colleagues participate more effectively in the preparations for the international conference on Syria."

Russian Foreign Ministry: UNHRC resolution on Syria biased, ignores crimes of extremists

The Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that the resolution of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Syria is biased, unfruitful and addressed against the Syrian government while it ignores the crimes committed by the extremist opposition.

"The new biased resolution against Syria was initiated by the US, Britain, Qatar, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, and Turkey… some Arab states which preliminary backed the decision have eventually abstained from taking part in making this resolution," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

The resolution includes a bid to legitimize the Doha Coalition while it ignores several moderate opposition groups which pledged commitment to human rights, the statement added.

Syria's permanent representative to the UN in Geneva Fayssal al-Hamwi said that the UNHRC draft resolution on human rights conditions in Syria is biased and full of lies and fabricated events, and claims of massacres in al-Qseir have never taken place.

H. Said/ F.Allafi

http://sana.sy/eng/22/2013/06/15/487598.htm