Russia and the United States are close to starting joint military action against militants in Syria's Aleppo, Russian news agencies on Monday (15 August) quoted Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu as saying.
Syrian government forces and their allies fought insurgents near Aleppo yesterday (9 May) and jets conducted raids around a nearby town seized by Islamist rebels, a monitoring group said, as Syria's military said a ceasefire in Aleppo would be extended by 48 hours starting today.
Russia’s latest military moves in Syria have sharpened divisions within the US administration over whether Russian President Vladimir Putin genuinely backs a UN-led initiative to end the civil war or is using the negotiations to mask renewed military support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Syrian peace talks came close to collapse yesterday (18 April), with the mainstream opposition announcing a pause in talks at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, although it agreed to keep its negotiating team in the city.
The EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini met with Syria's regime and opposition yesterday (23 March) to underscore the urgency of a political solution in the country, especially in the wake of the Brussels attacks.
During a visit to the US yesterday (24 November), French President François Hollande abandoned plans to include Russia in an international coalition against Islamic State, following the Paris attacks, in which 130 people lost their lives.
The Kremlin believes it has taught Washington an object lesson in how to take on Islamist militants in Syria. Basking in the afterglow of Bashar al-Assad's surprise visit to Moscow this week, it now believes it could lead the way diplomatically too.
Syrian troops and militia backed by Russian warplanes mounted their first coordinated assault on Syrian insurgents yesterday (7 October), while Moscow said its warships fired a barrage of missiles at Syria from the Caspian Sea.
The United States and NATO denounced Russia on Monday (5 October) for violating Turkish airspace and Ankara threatened to respond, reporting two incursions in two days and raising the prospect of direct confrontation between the former Cold War adversaries.
Turkey will not allow "terror to take root" or "fait accompli situations" next to its borders, President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an said on Thursday (1 October), a day after Russia launched air strikes in neighboring Syria.
Although the EU is directly impacted by the Syrian civil war, absorbing hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the conflict, the bloc remained silent after Russia launched its biggest-ever military operation in the Middle East on Wednesday (30 September).
Moscow demanded answers from EU and NATO members Greece and Bulgaria on Tuesday (8 September) after Sofia banned Russian flights to Syria from its airspace and Athens said it had been asked by Washington to do the same. Russia says the flights are humanitarian, but the US suspects a military build-up.
Some European Union countries which withdrew their ambassadors from Syria are saying privately it is time for more communication with Damascus, even though Britain and France oppose it, diplomats said.
Britain will not join any military action against Syria after a government motion was rejected in parliament, dealing a setback to US-led efforts to punish Damascus over the use of chemical weapons against civilians.
Prime Minister David Cameron was forced yesterday (28 August) to push back his plans for an imminent military strike against Syria in a humiliating climb-down for Britain's leader after coming under fierce domestic and international pressure.