Syria’s President Bashar Assad believes that the internationally agreed de-escalation zones are a real opportunity to finally achieve peace in his war-torn country, saying, all previous initiatives have failed due to some states hindering peace by pursuing own political goals.
It remains to be seen whether Washington will get behind the Russian-backed de-escalation deal on Syria, analysts say. However, if we’re looking at America’s national interests, there is a lot for Washington to take advantage of here.
Russia has questioned the precision and cost-effectiveness of the US missile strike on the Shayrat Airbase in Syria. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Pentagon tried to impress the American public at the cost of credibility in the eyes of military professionals.
While Moscow continues to call for a thorough and independent probe into the Syrian chemical attack, the White House has “declassified” an open-sourced report that pins the blame on Damascus while accusing Moscow of “sowing doubt” over the US narrative.
Months after Aleppo was liberated, some schools in its eastern neighborhoods still bear the marks of their military past. An RT crew visited some of them, only to find that instead of pupils, they’ve been used by militant fighters - as storage, strongholds, and even torture chambers.
A group of Russian sappers have arrived at Khmeimim Air Base in Syria to help demine the ancient city of Palmyra, recently retaken from Islamists for the second time, the Russian Defense Ministry has said.