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can vladimir putin's plan bring peace to syria? | bashar al-assad


after six years of fierce fighting and the deaths of hundreds of thousands of syrians, russia is now setting the agenda for an end to the conflict.the us was notably absent from talks in the black sea resort of sochi.as president vladimir putin looks to drive the peace process, will us president donald trump take a back seat? and can peace really be achieved with bashar al-assad still in power?presenter: jane duttonguests: pavel felgenhauer - russia defence and foreign policy analyst. samuel ramani - specialist on russia and middle east affairs and washington post contributor.bassam imadi - ambassadaor of the syrian national coalition to italysource: al jazeera news






the latest: putin calls israeli pm, egypt's president


moscow — the latest on syrian president assad's visit to moscow (all times local):10:45 p.m.the kremlin says president vladimir putin has also called the leaders of israel and egypt to discuss syria.tuesday's conversations with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and egyptian president abdel-fattah el-sissi followed putin's calls with president donald trump and saudi king salman.they come a day after syrian president bashar assad's surprise visit to russia for talks with putin. the kremlin says putin and assad discussed potential peace initiatives for syria ahead of a summit between russia, turkey and iran and a new round of syria peace talks in geneva later this month.the kremlin says putin and netanyahu discussed specifics related to a de-escalation zone in syria's south, near the






trump and putin spoke by phone about syria, white house says


president donald trump spoke for more than an hour tuesday by phone with russian president vladimir putin.syria, iran, north korea and ukraine were on the agenda, the white house said.trump called it a "great call" tuesday afternoon as he left the white house to spend thanksgiving in florida. noting the length, he said he and putin spoke "very strongly about bringing peace to syria" and "very strongly about north korea."trump's phone call with the russian president came a day after putin met with syrian president bashar assad. putin hosted assad at a black sea resort ahead of a summit later this week with russia, turkey and iran. assad was called to russia to get him to agree to potential peace initiatives drafted by the other three countries, the kremlin said.the kremlin said putin briefe






white house: trump, putin set to speak tuesday


the white house says president donald trump plans to speak with russian president vladimir putin on tuesday.trump and putin spoke informally several times last week when they attended a summit in vietnam. they agreed on a number of principles for the future of war-torn syria.trump's conversation with the russian president will follow putin's monday meeting with syrian president bashar assad. putin hosted assad at a black sea resort ahead of a summit later this week with russia, turkey and iran, as well as u.n.-sponsored peace talks in geneva.the kremlin said tuesday that assad was called to russia to get him to agree to potential peace initiatives drafted by russia, iran and turkey as russia prepares to scale back its military presence in syria's six-year war.






on surprise russia trip, assad and putin talk post-war syria


moscow — on a surprise trip to russia, syria's bashar assad discussed potential new peace initiatives for post-war syria with russian president vladimir putin who declared that russia's two-year military campaign in syria is wrapping up, the kremlin said tuesday.moscow released footage of assad warmly embracing putin, who hosted him in the black sea resort of sochi on monday, ahead of a summit between russia, turkey and iran and a new round of syria peace talks in geneva later in this month.the meeting was unannounced and the kremlin did not make it public until tuesday morning."i passed to (putin) and all russian people our greetings and gratitude for all of the efforts that russia made to save our country," assad told russia's top brass in televised remarks.assad has only ventured outsid






white house: trump, putin set to speak tuesday


washington (ap) — the white house says president donald trump plans to speak with russian president vladimir putin on tuesday.trump and putin spoke informally several times last week when they attended a summit in vietnam. they agreed on a number of principles for the future of war-torn syria.trump’s conversation with the russian president will follow putin’s monday meeting with syrian president bashar assad (bah-shar’ ah’-sahd). putin hosted assad at a black sea resort ahead of a summit later this week with russia, turkey and iran, as well as u.n.-sponsored peace talks in geneva.the kremlin said tuesday that assad was called to russia to get him to agree to potential peace initiatives drafted by russia, iran and turkey as russia prepares to scale back its military presence in syria’s six-






putin says he's encouraged by peace process in syria


moscow — russian president vladimir putin says he is encouraged by the peace process seeking to put an end to the war in syria.russia along with turkey and iran sponsored talks in the kazakh capital astana bringing together the syrian government and the opposition and focused on reducing violence. the next round of the talks is set for later this month.speaking at a security summit in kazakhstan on friday, putin hailed the talks as providing "a genuine chance to strengthen the cease-fire and give impetus" to u.n.-brokered talks in geneva.russia has conducted an air campaign in syria since september 2015, helping turn the tide in the conflict in favor of president bashar assad's forces.






the latest: putin hopes for successful syria settlement


geneva — the latest on developments in syria and the geneva talks (all times local):3:15 p.m.russian president vladimir putin is voicing hope for the success of a political settlement in syria, saying it will help defeat the "terrorist malaise."putin said thursday at a meeting with russian seamen that moscow's goal in syria is to help stabilize the legitimate government and fight international terrorism.russia has conducted an air campaign in syria since september 2015, helping turn the tide of war in syrian president bashar assad's favor.putin said the russian military action had helped create conditions for talks between the government and the opposition in kazakhstan's capital, astana. he voiced hope that the process launched in astana will be developed at the syria peace talks in genev






syria's assad travels to russia, meets with putin


syrian president bashar assad was asked to come to russia to get him to agree to potential peace initiatives drafted by russia, iran and turkey as russia prepares to scale down its military presence in the country's 6-year war, the kremlin said on tuesday.president vladimir putin hosted assad in the black sea resort of sochi on monday ahead of a summit between russia, turkey and iran and a new round of syria peace talks in geneva. the meeting was unannounced and the kremlin did not make it public until tuesday morning."i passed to (putin) and all russian people our greetings and gratitude for all of the efforts that russia made to save our country," assad told russia's top brass.assad has only ventured outside his war-ravaged nation twice since the conflict began — both times to russia. th






syria's assad travels to russia, meets with putin


moscow — syrian president bashar assad was asked to come to russia to get him to agree to potential peace initiatives drafted by russia, iran and turkey as russia prepares to scale down its military presence in the country's 6-year war, the kremlin said on tuesday.president vladimir putin hosted assad in the black sea resort of sochi on monday ahead of a summit between russia, turkey and iran and a new round of syria peace talks in geneva. the meeting was unannounced and the kremlin did not make it public until tuesday morning."i passed to (putin) and all russian people our greetings and gratitude for all of the efforts that russia made to save our country," assad told russia's top brass.assad has only ventured outside his war-ravaged nation twice since the conflict began — both times to r






as tillerson visits moscow, trump calls assad an 'animal'


moscow — president donald trump says russian president vladimir putin is backing an "evil person" in syria.trump says syrian president bashar assad is "an animal." he tells fox business network that putin's support for assad is "very bad for russia." trump says it's also "very bad for mankind."trump is increasing pressure on russian president vladimir putin to abandon assad just as u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson is visiting moscow. tillerson has a meeting set later wednesday in moscow with foreign minister sergey lavrov. it's unclear whether putin will grant tillerson a meeting.the meeting comes as early expectations of an easy rapport between the trump administration and russia are crashing into reality. washington and moscow are trading sharp accusations about a chemical weapons a






syria's assad travels to russia, meets with putin


moscow — syrian president bashar assad was asked to come to russia to get him to agree to potential peace initiatives drafted by russia, iran and turkey as russia prepares to scale down its military presence in the country's civil war, the kremlin said tuesday.vladimir putin hosted his syrian counterpart in the black sea resort of sochi on monday, ahead of a summit between russia, turkey and iran and a new round of syria peace talks in geneva. the meeting was unannounced and the kremlin did not make it public until tuesday morning."i passed to (putin) and all russian people our greetings and gratitude for all of the efforts that russia made to save our country," assad told russia's top brass.assad has only ventured outside his war-ravaged nation twice since the conflict began — both times






is the war in syria really almost over? | bashar al-assad


bashar al-assad has flown to russia for a few hours to meet his major ally, vladimir putin. the kremlin said the russian president told his syrian counterpart that the fight against armed groups in syria is close to finishing. and once it is over, finding a peaceful political settlement will be key.the opposition has long demanded a future syria without assad in power. but he has survived nearly seven years of war and is likely to remain in charge for the foreseeable future.so, will assad's opponents come to terms with that?presenter: laura kyleguests:marwan kabalan - director of policy analysis, doha institutepavel felgenhauer - russian foreign policy specialist and newspaper columnistammar waqqaf - british syrian societysource: al jazeera news






putin: syria chemical attack was provocation against assad


st.petersburg, russia — russian president vladimir putin says a chemical attack in syria was a provocation against syrian president bashar assad.speaking at an economic forum in st. petersburg on friday, putin strongly reaffirmed russia's view that assad's forces weren't responsible for a fatal chemical attack in syria in april.the u.s. in april struck a syrian air base with cruise missiles after accusing assad's military of killing scores of civilians with a nerve agent launched from the base.putin said the attack was a provocation intended to put the blame on the syrian ruler, insisting that "assad didn't use those weapons."he said russia had offered the u.s. and its allies the chance to inspect the syrian base for traces of the chemical agent and criticized them for their refusal to do






putin hosts assad in sochi ahead of summit on syria conflict


moscow—russian president vladimir putin held a rare meeting with syrian president bashar al-assad ahead of a summit wednesday aimed at shaping a political settlement to end the six-year civil war in the country.the kremlin said early tuesday that mr. assad had paid a surprise visit monday to the russian resort city of sochi, where mr. putin welcomed his guest with an embrace. the...






is the war in syria really almost over? | bashar al-assad


bashar al-assad has flown to russia for a few hours to meet his major ally, vladimir putin. the kremlin said the russian president told his syrian counterpart that the fight against armed groups in syria is close to finishing. and once it is over, finding a peaceful political settlement will be key.the opposition has long demanded a future syria without assad in power. but he has survived nearly seven years of war and is likely to remain in charge for the foreseeable future.so, will assad's opponents come to terms with that?presenter: laura kyleguests:marwan kabalan - director of policy analysis, doha institutepavel felgenhaeur - russian foreign policy specialist and newspaper columnistammar waqqaf - british syrian society.source: al jazeera news






putin hosts assad in sochi ahead of summit on syria conflict


moscow—russian president vladimir putin held a rare meeting with syrian president bashar al-assad ahead of a summit wednesday aimed at shaping a political settlement to end the six-year civil war in the country.the kremlin said early tuesday that mr. assad had paid a surprise visit monday to the russian resort city of sochi, where mr. putin welcomed his guest with an embrace. the russian president is preparing to host the leaders of iran and turkey to discuss the options for hammering out a postconflict settlement in syria,...






putin works to wrap up syria conflict, leave assad in charge


by henry meyer and stepan kravchenko | bloomberg newsrussian president vladimir putin talked with u.s. counterpart donald trump by phone for about an hour on tuesday as the kremlin mounts a diplomatic push to resolve the war in syria following a surprise visit by syrian leader bashar assad.putin has taken a dominant role in efforts to end the conflict after a two-year russian military campaign helped assad to fight off opponents, including some backed by the u.s. with islamic state nearly defeated in syria, the kremlin is moving on to bring together regional and global powers to revive long-stalled efforts to reach a settlement expected to cement the syrian president in power.get top headlines in your inbox every afternoon. get the free pm report newsletter.sign upputin also planned to spe






the latest: un envoy defends syria talks after assad remarks


beirut — the latest on syria (all times local):2:45 p.m.the u.n. envoy for syria says a government delegation attending peace talks in geneva is "here to work," sidestepping comments by president bashar assad that the u.n.-mediated peace talks are just for show.staffan de mistura spoke to reporters a day before tuesday's start to what's expected to be about four days of indirect talks between government and opposition envoys, marking the sixth round that he has mediated since early last year.the envoy said he wouldn't comment on assad's remarks, aired by belarus ont television on thursday. the syrian leader said "nothing substantial" would come from the talks and that they were "merely a meeting for the media."the delegations aren't expected to meet face-to-face, and de mistura has called






russia, china veto u.n. plan for syrian sanctions


closeskip in skipxembedxshare syria's opposition urges russia, a key ally of president bashar al-assad, to put pressure on damascus to help kick-start sputtering peace talks in geneva. video provided by afp newslookrussian president vladimir putin (left) chats with his kyrgyz counterpart almazbek atambayev during a signing ceremony following their meeting at the ala-archa state residence in bishkek on feb. 28, 2017.(photo: vyacheslav oseledko, afp/getty images) 22 connectlinkedinemailmorerussia and china vetoed a u.n. security council resolution to impose sanctions on 21 syrian individuals, companies and organizations allegedly involved in chemical weapons attacks in the war-torn country.the security council took up the proposal, initially sponsored by by france the united kingdom but also






russia, china veto u.n. plan for syrian sanctions


closeskip in skipxembedxshare syria's opposition urges russia, a key ally of president bashar al-assad, to put pressure on damascus to help kick-start sputtering peace talks in geneva. video provided by afp newslookrussian president vladimir putin, left, chats with his kyrgyz counterpart almazbek atambayev during a signing ceremony following their meeting at the ala-archa state residence in bishkek on feb. 28, 2017.(photo: vyacheslav oseledko, afp/getty images) 23 connectlinkedinemailmorerussia and china vetoed a u.n. security council resolution tuesday that would have imposed sanctions on 21 syrian individuals, companies and organizations allegedly involved in chemical weapons attacks in the war-torn country.the security council took up the proposal, initially sponsored by france and the






iran's president to meet with putin; economic ties on agenda


moscow — iranian president hassan rouhani is visiting russia for talks expected to focus on economic ties and the syrian conflict.rouhani is scheduled to meet with russian president vladimir putin in the kremlin on tuesday.during a meeting with russia's prime minister dmitry medvedev on monday, rouhani hailed the countries' bilateral cooperation and said that steps taken by russia and iran will help "strengthen peace and stability in the region and the entire world."russia, turkey and iran have brokered a cease-fire that has helped reduce hostilities in syria. they also have co-sponsored two rounds of syria peace talks in kazakhstan's capital, astana, and are preparing for another round.russia and iran have staunchly backed syrian president bashar assad in the six-year conflict, while turk






russian state tv: assad travels to russia, meets with putin


moscow — russia's vladimir putin has met with syrian president bashar assad in the black sea resort of sochi ahead of a summit between russia, turkey and iran and a new round of syria peace talks in geneva, russian and syrian state media reported tuesday.the report said the two leaders held bilateral talks on monday then met with russian military chiefs.it was assad's second visit to russia to meet putin since the country's crisis began in march 2011 leading to a civil war that has killed some 400,000 and resulted in millions of refugees.the first was in october 2015, shortly after russia launched its military campaign in syria to shore up assad's forces. the russian intervention has turned the war in favor of assad.the meeting came two days after syrian troops and their allies captured th






trump says us not going to get involved in syria


washington — president donald trump says the u.s. is not going to get involved in syria but that he had to act because of chemical attacks there.his comments, aired wednesday on fox business news, come less than a week after trump ordered a retaliatory strike on syria based on u.s. evidence that syrian president bashar assad attacked civilians with chemical weapons.trump said, "when i saw that, i said we have to do something."but he also appeared to rule out deeper involvement, saying: "are we going to get involved with syria? no."trump also warned that russian president vladimir putin, in backing assad, is supporting someone who is "truly an evil person." that, trump said, is "very bad for russia" and "very bad for mankind" and the world.






russia says it will veto u.n. resolution on syria


closeskip in skipxembedxshare syria's opposition urges russia, a key ally of president bashar al-assad, to put pressure on damascus to help kick-start sputtering peace talks in geneva. video provided by afp newslookrussian president vladimir putin (left) chats with his kyrgyz counterpart almazbek atambayev during a signing ceremony following their meeting at the ala-archa state residence in bishkek on feb. 28, 2017.(photo: vyacheslav oseledko, afp/getty images) 13 connectlinkedinemailmorerussia says it will veto a draft u.n. security council resolution to impose sanctions on 21 syrian individuals, companies and organizations allegedly involved in chemical weapons attacks in the war-torn country.the security council is due to vote tuesday on the proposal drawn up by france, the united kingd






trump says putin partly to blame for syrian crisis and that comey saved clinton


washington – president donald trump said wednesday that president vladimir putin of russia is partly to blame for the crisis in syria and bears responsibility to help bring peace to the war-torn country, comments meant to increase pressure on the kremlin as his secretary of state was in moscow for a tense round of talks."i really think there's going to be a lot of pressure on russia to make sure that peace happens, because frankly, if russia didn't go in and back this animal, we wouldn't have a problem right now," trump said, referring to putin's support for president bashar assad of syria."putin is backing a person that's truly an evil person, and i think it's very bad for russia, i think it's very bad for mankind, it's very bad for this world," trump added during an interview with fox bu






tillerson: no future for assad regime in syria


geneva—secretary of state rex tillerson said the reign of bashar al-assad’s family in syria is coming to an end and “the only issue is how that should be brought about.”mr. tillerson, speaking in geneva after a meeting with u.n. syria envoy staffan de mistura, said the u.s. envisions a “whole and unified syria with no role for bashar al-assad in the government.”mr....






tillerson: no future for assad regime in syria


geneva—secretary of state rex tillerson said the reign of bashar al-assad’s family in syria is coming to an end and “the only issue is how that should be brought about.”mr. tillerson, speaking in geneva after a meeting with united nations envoy for syria staffan de mistura, said the u.s. envisions a “whole and unified syria with no role for bashar al-assad in the government.”mr....






assad to putin: thank you for 'saving our country' | syria news


syrian president bashar al-assad thanked his russian counterpart, vladimir putin, for "saving" his country and for russia's support in syria.the two heads of state met for talks in the russian black sea resort of sochi on monday, the kremlin said in a statement on tuesday.they discussed the fight against "terrorism" and the possibilities for a political settlement in syria, which has entered its seventh year of war. the statement added that assad had expressed his readiness to hold discussions with parties interested in resolving the conflict.in response, putin commended assad's cooperation.according to the ria news agency, which cited kremlin spokesperson dmitry peskov, the meeting lasted for about four hours.the visit was believed to be only the second time assad departed syria since the






kremlin says tillerson not due to meet putin on moscow visit


kremlin spokesman dmitry peskov told reporters on monday that u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson was not due to meet russian president vladimir putin when he visited moscow later this week.he will meet russian foreign minister sergei lavrov however, peskov said.commenting on u.s. missile strikes against syria last week, peskov said the action had shown washington’s total unwillingness to cooperate on syria.he said renewed calls for syrian president bashar al-assad to step down would not help to resolve the crisis.“there is no other alternative,” to peace talks in geneva and astana, peskov said.(reporting by maria tsvetkova; editing by andrew osborn)






the latest: tillerson says no long-term role for assad


hamburg, germany — the latest on president donald trump's second official visit to europe (all times local):7:35 p.m.secretary of state rex tillerson says the trump administration sees no long-term role for the assad family and the assad regime in syria.tillerson tells reporters at a briefing in hamburg, germany that "how" syrian president bashar assad "leaves is yet to be determined." but he says he thinks there will be a transition away from the assad government.the united states and russia announced an agreement friday for a cease-fire in southwest syria set to take effect july 9.tillerson describes the deal as the first indication of the trump administration and russia being able to work together in syria.___7:27 p.m.president donald trump opened his meeting with russian president vlad






assad to putin: thank you for 'saving our country' | news


syrian president bashar al-assad thanked his russian counterpart, vladimir putin, for "saving" his country and for russia's support in syria.the two heads of state met for talks in the russian black sea resort of sochi on monday, the kremlin said in a statement on tuesday.they discussed the fight against "terrorism" and the possibilities for a political settlement in syria, which has entered its seventh year of war. the statement added that assad had expressed his readiness to hold discussions with parties interested in resolving the conflict.in response, putin commended assad's cooperation.according to the ria news agency, which cited kremlin spokesperson dmitry peskov, the meeting lasted for about four hours.the visit was believed to be only the second time al-assad has left syria since






putin: syria chemical attack was provocation against assad


st. petersburg, russia — russian president vladimir putin insisted friday that the syrian leader didn't use chemical weapons against his people, saying the recent attack that killed scores of civilians was a "provocation" against president bashar assad.speaking at an economic forum in st. petersburg on friday, putin made one of his strongest rejections of blaming assad's forces for the chemical attack in april. the attack in northern syria killed at least 90, including many children."we are absolutely convinced that it was a provocation. assad didn't use the weapons," putin said. "it was done by people who wanted to blame him for that."he added that russian intelligence had information that a "similar scenario" was to be implemented elsewhere in syria, including near damascus."thank god, t






vladimir putin and bashar al-assad


this week the world witnessed yet another chemical attack in syria. after horrendous footage from khan sheikhoun showed children suffocating from sarin gas and relatives crying over piles of dead bodies, russia was forced to react. but while washington used the attack as an excuse for missile strikes on a regime-held airbase in southern syria, moscow…






trump says assad may have to step down after chemical attack – the denver post


by julie pace, the associated presspalm beach, fla. — president donald trump is suggesting that syrian president bashar assad may have to leave power after this week’s chemical weapons attack.speaking to reporters aboard air force one, trump said thursday that what happened in syria is “a disgrace to humanity.” asked if assad should go, trump said, “he’s there, and i guess he’s running things so something should happen.”the president would not discuss what, if anything, the united states might do in response to the deadly chemical attack. he said the attack “shouldn’t have happened, and it shouldn’t be allowed to happen.”trump said he may talk to russian president vladimir putin about the situation in syria. russia is a key supporter of the assad government.






haley: "in no way do we see peace" with assad in power


washington -- u.s. ambassador to the united nations nikki haley said peace is “in no way” possible with syrian president bashar al-assad in power, after last week’s deadly chemical attack that prompted a u.s. strike on a syrian air base.“in no way do we look at peace happening in that area with iranian influence,” haley said sunday on nbc’s “meet the press.” “in no way do we see peace in that area with russia covering up for assad. in no way do we see peace in that area with assad as the head of the syrian government.”“we have to make sure that we’re pushing that process,” haley added. “the political solution has to come together for the good of the people of syria.”playvideocbsntrump, haley condemn apparent chemical attack in syria u.n. ambassador nikki haley condemned the apparent chemic






philippe coutinho signs new long-term contract with liverpool | liverpool fc


by liverpool fc staff on wed, jan 25, 2017 at 9:43am1,366share this:liverpool fc can announce philippe coutinho signed a new long-term contract with the club.the 24-year-old has committed his future to the reds on wednesday by penning the fresh deal at melwood, the terms of which will come into effect from july 1, 2017.coutinho has been at anfield for four years following his transfer from inter milan in january 2013, during which time he has established himself as one of the most impressive performers in the premier league, scoring 34 goals in his 163 liverpool appearances to date.“i would like to thank everybody at the club, first of all,” the brazilian forward told liverpoolfc.com upon signing his contract. “i am very happy to sign a new contract here. it is a club that i am very grate