Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is losing control and may be overthrown by an increasingly powerful opposition, Russia’s deputy foreign minister said in the country’s first official acknowledgment that the Syrian leader’s days may be numbered.
Iraq will purchase more than $4.2 billion of weapons from Russia under contracts signed in recent months, the Russian government said today, in a challenge to the Middle Eastern country’s military ties with the U.S.
President Vladimir Putin said a multi-billion-dollar arms contract with Iraq, making Russia the second-biggest weapons supplier to the Middle Eastern state after the U.S., showed trust in Russian military equipment.
Russia is taking legal action to block companies controlled by Iran from acquiring the strategic Astrakhan port on the Caspian Sea in violation of United Nations sanctions, the Russian competition watchdog chief said.
Syria would face United Nations sanctions under a Security Council resolution drafted by Western powers seeking to overcome Russian resistance to measures that would hasten the fall of President Bashar al-Assad.
Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing that killed 36 people at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport last month and vowed more attacks in a video posted on the Internet.