Another explanation to the Russians' decision to transfer the SU-57 to the Middle East might be their concern, even panic, over the US Air Force bombing of a Russian convoy which killed hundreds of mercenaries.
The parties also signed a protocol of consultations between the two countries’ foreign ministries for 2018 and 2019.
"The zones are necessary from the point of view of ending warfare, but at the same time it is impermissible to see the de-escalation zones turning into zones of influence of foreign states."
Israel has provided drone strikes and shelling with high-precision missiles on ISIS targets during defensive and offensive rebel operations.
Monday saw an awkward turn in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's and President Donald Trump's "friends for ever" relationship, and a turn on a dime by Trump in his relationship with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
Russian Ambassador to Iran said a visiting delegation is discussing "certain practical aspects of the project to reconfigure the Fordow reactor."
The Israeli Air Force on Saturday launched an attack on the Syrian Air Force's Tiyas Military Airbase, a.k.a. T-4 Airbase, west of the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmor), destroying the main observation tower, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
On Wednesday, the US-led coalition fighting ISIS in Syria conducted air and artillery attacks on pro-regime forces in Syria, killing an estimated 100 pro-regime fighters.
Le Drian walked on eggshells regarding Turkey's offensive against the Kurdish militia in northern Syria, because of the arrest of "a few hundred " French-national jihadists who had been captured by the Kurds.
A missile from a man-portable air-defense system (MANPADS) was launched Saturday to bring down a Russian Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jet.
The downing of the plane came as Syrian government forces, backed by Russian air support and Iranian infantry, have intensified their offensive in Idlib, one of the last rebel-held bastions in Syria.
Last week, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan declared that Turkish forces would enter Syria, with Russia's consent, to "vanquish" the Kurdish militia that control Afrin, along the Turkish border.
Taking a page out of President Ronald Reagan's playbook, Monday's speech, scheduled to start at 2 PM ET, ushers in the release of Trump’s first broad policy document – “national security strategy,” in which the president, who ran on his familiar platform of "America First," is prepared to sharply alter US relations with the rest of the world.
"We believe that after the victory over ISIS there is no need for the US-led coalition to further remain in Syria ... so, we are calling on the Americans to pack their rucksacks and go."
We should be clear on at least one crucial point: PM Hariri has no plan to use his new US military equipment to launch a war against Hezbollah, nor will he engage in an effort to stop this terror army from moving in and out of Syria.
Russia is ready to deal a new blow to terrorists if they again try to break peace in Syria, Putin said.
Today the Jordanian airbase is operating at “four to five times what the space was originally intended to support.”
"I hope that a common sense, pragmatism and an instinct for self-preservation would prevail among our partners to exclude such a negative scenario."
The civilian death toll from the current Russian campaign against ISIS has increased to at least 987, including 392 children and women, since September 10, 2017
Putin will meet with the presidents of Turkey and Iran on Wednesday this week.
"I have clarified to our friends in Washington and our friends in Moscow that we will operate in Syria, including southern Syria, in accordance with our understanding and in accordance with our security needs."
"North Korea is a nuclear state now. As far as Iran is concerned it isn’t too late."
“Iran is driven by deep hatred for the Arab nation. Unfortunately, it has found some of our sons who are putting their hands in its and trying to seize Lebanon from its Arab surroundings."
On Tuesday, the US Treasury announced the expansion of sanctions on Iran's Revolutionary Guards, which were originally imposed on October 13 because the Iranian group was "supporting terrorism."
The Trump Administration's urgent warnings against Kurdish independence convinced the Iranian-backed militias and the Iraqi government they had a green light from Washington to invade Kurdistan without fear of American intervention.
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