About: Bashar al-Assad

Global Europe 05-09-2018

EU warns of humanitarian disaster in Syrian city of Idlib

Russian and Syrian jets hammered a major rebel stronghold on Tuesday (4 September), days before leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey meet to discuss an expected Syrian government offensive that could spark a humanitarian disaster.
Global Europe 28-08-2018

EU disagrees with Russia that Syrian refugees can go back

The European Union does not believe Syria is safe for refugees to go back, officials in Brussels said of a Russian push to have people return to the war-torn country and the international community to spend money on rebuilding it.

Russian and Syrian authorities set up centre for refugees returning to Syria

Russia's Defence Ministry said yesterday (18 July) that Russian and Syrian authorities had set up a refugee centre in Syria to help refugees return home from abroad.
Global Europe 11-05-2018

Assad accuses Erdogan of close ties to Muslim Brotherhood

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was assigned by the US government to interfere in Syria when the terrorists lost control of different areas, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad told Greek daily Kathimerini in an interview.
Global Europe 26-04-2018

Syria donors fall short without US aid, warn of cruel end-game

International donors raised $4.4 billion in emergency aid for Syria and its neighbours this year on Wednesday (25 April), but the total fell well short of the UN target for 2018 after the United States failed to submit a pledge.

Putin predicts global ‘chaos’ if West hits Syria again

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Sunday (15 April) that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, as Washington prepared to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions.
Global Europe 09-04-2018

EU says ‘evidence points’ to chemical attack by Syria regime

The EU said Sunday that evidence suggested the Syrian regime carried out a chemical attack in Douma and urged Damascus's allies Russia and Iran to help prevent another one.
Global Europe 22-02-2018

Turkey says whoever helps Kurd militia in Syria is ‘legitimate target’

Turkey yesterday (21 February) said it would consider a "legitimate target" any group that comes to the aid of Kurdish militia in Afrin in northern Syria.
Global Europe 12-02-2018

Friend or foe? Assad quietly aids Syrian Kurds against Turkey

Syria's US-backed Kurds are getting indirect help from an unlikely source in their war against Turkey in the northwestern region of Afrin: President Bashar al-Assad.
Global Europe 14-12-2017

Putin must nudge Syria into UN peace deal, mediator says

UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura urged Russia yesterday (13 December) to convince its ally the Syrian government of the need to clinch a peace deal to end the nearly seven-year-old war.
Politics 12-07-2017

Mogherini, Lavrov agree to disagree on EU-Russia issues

EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov yesterday (11 July) said both sides could cooperate on key international issues but traded barbs over Syria at the same time.
Global Europe 28-06-2017

Days numbered for Council of Europe leader?

The Council of Europe’s parliamentary assembly has cleared the path for a possible impeachment of its president, Pedro Agramunt, who has courted controversy in the past by visiting Syria and meeting Bashar al-Assad. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Central Europe 27-04-2017

Syrian refugee in Romania: ISIS banned chemistry and biology

In recent years, the Syrian community in Romania grew due to the ongoing civil war. They say they like Romania. They have their school there. But still, the refugees wish to eventually return home, they told EURACTIV.ro.
Global Europe 11-04-2017

Western pressure builds on Russia to break ties with Assad

British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke yesterday (10 April) to US President Donald Trump and agreed that "a window of opportunity" exists to persuade Russia to break ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, her office said.
Global Europe 05-04-2017

Syria conference: Patience runs out for symbolic politics

Representatives from 70 countries and organisations at the Brussels Syria donor conference called for lessons to be learned from a chemical weapons attack that left scores dead. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 31-01-2017

France, worried by Trump, promises to defend Iran nuclear deal

France vowed on Monday (30 January) to defend Iran's nuclear deal, which US President Donald Trump has threatened to tear up, but said it was imperative Tehran abide strictly by the conditions of the accord.
Global Europe 28-01-2017

Putin and Trump agree to try to rebuild US-Russia ties, cooperate in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump agreed to try to rebuild US Russia ties and to cooperate in Syria, the Kremlin said on Saturday (28 January), after the two men spoke for the first time since Trump's inauguration.
Global Europe 15-12-2016

Tusk: EU powerless to stop Aleppo carnage

A downbeat Donald Tusk last night (15 December) admitted that the European Union was powerless to stop Russian-backed bloodshed in the Syrian city of Aleppo.
Global Europe 02-12-2016

Putin curbs anti-Western rhetoric, says wants to get on with Trump

President Vladimir Putin struck an unusually conciliatory tone in his annual state of the nation address yesterday (1 December), saying Moscow wanted to get on with the incoming US administration and was looking to make friends not enemies.
Global Europe 15-11-2016

EU puts more Syrian ministers and central bank governor under sanctions

The European Union extended its sanctions on Syria yesterday (14 November), banning the country's central bank chief and its finance minister from travelling in Europe and freezing their assets in a further step to isolate President Bashar al-Assad.
Global Europe 27-10-2016

The international community’s duty to protect Syrian women

Women play a vital role in Syria, keeping schools, hospitals and communities running despite the bombing. They will be essential in rebuilding the country and an enduring peace, write a group of women from the Syrian High Negotiation Committee.
Global Europe 18-10-2016

EU condemns Russia over Aleppo, to impose more Syrian sanctions

EU foreign affairs ministers yesterday (17 October) condemned Russia's air campaign in Syria, saying it may be guilty of war crimes, and it vowed to impose more sanctions on President Bashar al-Assad's government.
Global Europe 17-10-2016

EU divided over Russia in Syria and more sanctions

Russia's role in Syria has led to calls for more sanctions against Moscow, but the deadline for deciding whether to renew the current raft of punitive measures is fast approaching. There are powerful figures on both side of the argument. EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Global Europe 11-10-2016

Escalation in Syria means EU less likely to soften stance on Russia

Outraged by Russia's intensified air strikes on rebels in Syria, the European Union is now less likely to ease sanctions on Moscow over Ukraine, diplomats say, and some in the bloc are raising the prospect of more punitive steps against the Kremlin.