The question of Russia’s engagement in Syria


Syrian opposition leader of the Popular Front for Change and Liberation, Qadri Jamil (L), speaks to the National Coordination Committee, Khassan Abdel Azim (R), during a press conference after meetings in Moscow, Russia, 01 September 2015. According to reports Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, urged the disparate Syrian opposition groups to unite, in order for a resolution to Syria's civil war, now in its fourth year, to be reached. The Syrian regime still enjoys the support of its two main benfactors, Iran and Russia, but reports have suggested though they still seek to protect al-Assad it may not be in the context of him reaming in power as had previously been expressed.

The question of Russia’s engagement in Syria

What is the nature of Russia's military engagement in Syria?

BBC and Reuters reported on Tuesday that Bulgaria refused a Russian aircraft claiming to transport aid to Syria the permission to cross its airspace late last week. The Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs referred vaguely to “information” though not its source.

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed the denial of transit and has noted that it was based on wrong information. Russian planes, Moscow Argues, transfer...

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