Syrian talks in Astana tense but promising

  The Syrian government and rebels have taken a new “sensible” path in negotiations, said Russia’s representative in the Kazakh capital, Astana. He predicted a “good outcome” for the two-day peace conference, while admitting that

Trump open to joint anti-ISIS Syria ops with Russia

  US President Donald Trump is open to conducting joint operations with Russia to combat ISIS in Syria, his spokesman said Monday.     “If there’s a way we can combat ISIS with any country,

A key NATO ally looks nervously at Putin — and Trump

  When the ready-room alarm went off—high-low, high-low—two Norwegian Air Force pilots pulled on cold-water survival gear, grabbed their flight bags, and sprinted through swirling snow to their hangars. Their decades-old F-16 fighter jets roared

Fillon: Russia should be Europe’s partner to fight terrorism

  Russia should be a partner for Europe in order to jointly tackle a terrorist threat and other international challenges, French presidential candidate Francois Fillon said on Monday.   “Russia should be a partner for the European nation, we need

Summary of Novorossiya, Syria events, January 23

    – Ukrainian armed forces almost 1000 times violated the ceasefire   – Russian strategic bombers attacked Islamic State facilities in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor   – Representatives of the Syrian opposition made a statement on the

China: Trump victory shows ‘fragility of western democracy’

  Chinese state publications are using leftist protests over the weekend to argue that President Donald Trump has a fragile mandate to govern, and that this proves that free societies are weaker ones than communist dictatorships

UN envoy urges Syrian armed opposition to abide by ceasefire

  All armed opposition groups in Syria should abide by the ceasefire agreements reached on December 29, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said during the Astana talks. The envoy’s statement was released

Can the Big Three emerge under Trump?

  Even before Donald Trump got inaugurated, his position on the US foreign policy was attracting widespread attention since it has much bearing on other countries. Judging by the amount of attention paid by various

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