Ever since Donald Trump’s surprise announcement in mid-December ordering the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Syria, Washington’s regional allies and rivals have been jockeying for position to fill the expected power vacuum. Statements by U.S.
Russian scholar Alexei Vasiliev has been writing about Middle Eastern and African affairs since the early 1960s. He was a Pravda correspondent for over two decades before moving to the Institute of African Studies of the (first Soviet, then Russian) Academy of Sciences.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced the establishment of a “demilitarized buffer zone” in the Syrian city of Idlib.
Last week’s summit in Tehran between Russia, Turkey and Iran on the fate of Syria’s Idlib province ended inconclusively, with promises of a temporary truce agreed in the last minute as a face-saving measure for the Turkish president.
This is a collection of articles from the Russian press about the war in Syria dating from just prior to direct Russian military intervention there in September 2015 through May 2017.
The fall of the Syrian city of Dara’a to Russian-backed Syrian government forces is considered by many to be one of the last chapters of the Syrian civil war.