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After Israeli attack in Syria, Russia Summons Israel's envoy for clarifications

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Israel’s ambassador to Russia has been called in by the Russian Foreign Ministry for clarifications Friday after Israel’s air force attacked in Syria overnight, a statement by Moscow said. The Israeli Foreign Ministry confirmed the statement. What role has been Russia? it is true that the russian force entered in Syria and a number of attacks attributed to Israel have taken place, but in none of the cases was the Israeli envoy to Moscow asked to give clarifications. Just last Thursday Netanyahu visited Moscow and met with Putin to discuss the situation in Syria and both sides wanted the end of the civil war in Syria.

Astana peace talks on Syria flop after rebel no-show.

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Peace efforts for Syria floundered on March 15 as a third round of talks that were sponsored by Russia and Turkey ended with no progress after rebels refused to show up to a meeting in Kazakhstan.  Regime supporters Russia and Iran along with rebel-backer  Turkey have been pushing negotiations in Astana since January after gains on the ground by Damascus turned the tables in the six-year war. The latest two-day meeting saw a delegation from Damascus meet with representatives from the three powers, but leaders of armed rebel groups stayed away for the first time over alleged violations of a fragile cease-fire deal.

All kinds of military cooperation with Russia in Syria: President Erdoğan said.

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Ankara and Moscow are conducting all kinds of military cooperation in Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told a press conference March 10 with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow.The president also voiced determination in maintaining cooperation regarding humanitarian aid in the war-torn country. Meanwhile, Putin also said he appreciated the cooperation of intelligence and military units. Erdoğan also reiterated that the territorial integrity of Syria should not be put in jeopardy, adding that Ankara has no toleration for the splitting of Syria and Iraq.Putin said Syria’s territorial integrity was an “irreplaceable” element, which is “vital” for the solution of the crisis. He added the situation in Syria was “complicated”.

 

 

Russian security firm recruited fighters to fight alongside Haftar's forces in east Liby

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The owner of a Russian firm RSB-group, Oleg Krinitsyn, said a force of several armed private security contractors from Russia operated until last month in a part of Libya that is under the control of the leader of Dignity Operation, Khalifa Haftar. This sustain couldn’t exist without the agreement of Moscow, which see in Haftar one way to reach the Libyan stability after the 6 years of anarchy. But Krinistyn told Reuter that his firm has left out Libya last February (e.d : so before Oil crescent’s attacks). Moreover, relations between Haftar and Russia has increased, last year.  Haftar and his supporters from the Libyan political parties have been trying for a long while to presuade Russia into conducting a military action in Libya analogous to that it is doing in Syria.

 

Ex-Utah Governor Huntsman accepts Trump offer to be ambassador to Russia

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Jon Huntsman, a businessman and former Governator of Utah and former ambassador to China during the Obama presidency, was chosen by President Trump as a new Ambassador to Russia. Huntsman’s appointment must be confirmed by the Senate, should not be a problem overlooking the esteem he enjoys even among Democrats, and will have the task of relaunching relations between Washington and Moscow, as in Trump intentions.

 

Russian lawmaker urges U.S. to comply with nuclear deal

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Igor Morozov, a member of the Federation Council’s (upper house) International Affairs Committee has declared his firm convinction on the importance of the observation of the treaties, as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly called the nuclear deal. He also added that Tehran is quite right in accusing the U.S. of stalling the implementation of the nuclear deal, even if Iran should improve his countermeasures for America and recreating a system of defense and alliance with the partners.

The top generals from Turkey, the United States and Russia met Tuesday to discuss tensions in northern Syria

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The top generals from Turkey, the United States and Russia met Tuesday to discuss tensions in northern Syria, where mutually suspicious forces allied with the three countries are fighting the Islamic State group. The surprise meeting  took place in the Turkish coastal city of Antalya. The talks, announced by Turkey, come amid rising tensions in northern Syria, where Turkish troops and allied Syrian fighters, U.S.-backed Kurdish-led forces and Russian-allied Syrian troops are fighting their way toward the IS group’s de facto capital, Raqqa.

Libya's civil war: Khalifa Haftar is winning. Russia senses an opportunity in Libya

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This reality has profound implications for the future of the country, partly Because of a dramatic new development – the entry of Russia into the diplomatic mix. The battle Began last week When militias based in central Libya drove 100 miles across the desert to attack Libya’s oil hub ports, Sidra and nearby RasLanuf. Those terminals link to the massive Oil Crescent, home to the bulk of Libya’s oil. Quite simply, who controls this Crescent controls Libya. For public consumption, the militias brand Themselves the Benghazi Defence Brigades, Extremists kicked out of Benghazi When most of the city was liberated by the Libya National Army (LNA) last year. In fact, they comprise various Al Qaeda elements, units from the Petroleum Facilities guard kicked out of the oil ports last year by the LNA, fighters from Misrata, and, according to Functional the LNA, mercenaries from Chad. But the attack did not go as planned. Yes, the militias got to the ports, but no, they did not get inside them. Both ports are defended by the LNA and rather than internships to full-on assault, the militias contented with Themselves Occupying deserted residential areas and workers’ accommodation outside the ports. That will test a major strategic weakness, Because the LNA is averse to bombing port infrastructure, but less worried about bombing empty accommodation blocks. An LNA counter attack is now going on, and it will crush the militias in the coming days, leaving the balance of power as it was – Which is to say, with Haftar.

Russia said: the investigation between the electoral advisers Trump and Russian diplomats is a “witch hunt”.

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The Attorney General Jeff Sessions said they will respond in writing to the letter of inquiry about his contacts with the Russian Ambassador democratic. Sessions written by some lawmakers said they had actually met the Russian Ambassador on two occasions during the RNC and its uffico to Congress. Russia, with Foreign Minister Lavrov, said that the investigation of contacts between the electoral advisers Trump and Russian diplomats is a “witch hunt”.

Trump's 'bromance' with Russia's Putin appears to be cooling

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Relations between Putin’s Russia and America Trump are at historic lows, in fact, due to continuous and repeated scandals regarding the contacts between his electoral campain managers and members of his administration with Russian agents and diplomats had forced President Trump  to dissociate, at least temporarily, from his Russian colleague. In Moscow they did not take well the new American line, especially the appointment of Gen. McMaster, known for his anti-Russian positions, as Advisor for National Security and the American irritation for some military operations carried out by the Russians in Syria have helped to cool relations. According to some european officials, remained anonymous, the current US policy is much closer to European interests than those of Russians, especially the statements made by US Ambassador at the UN about the Russian annexation of the Crimea, that Americans still do not recognize, bode well for the detractors of Trump-Putin axis.

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