Syria War: Russian Air Strike Kills Turkish Soldiers

Syria War: Russian Air Strike Kills Turkish SoldiersRussia’s president has sent condolences after a Russian air strike mistakenly killed three Turkish soldiers, north of Syria.

The soldiers were supporting Syrian rebels to recapture the city of al-Bab from so-called Islamic State as part of an offensive to push Islamic State and Kurdish fighters away from Turkey’s southern border.

According to Turkish military, a Russian aircraft attacked a building where some of the soldiers had been deployed.

It had been planning to hit I.S targets but “by accident three of their soldiers were martyred when a building was bombed where their units were”

Russia and Turkey back opposing sides in the Syrian war and have been jointly targeting Islamic State in air strikes recently.

Syria Conflict: Russian President, Putin Cancels Visit To France

Vladimir Putin, Russia, France, Syria CrisisRussia’s President, Vladimir Putin, has halted his scheduled visit to France amid a row over the conflict in Syria.

Mr Putin was due to meet French President, Francois Hollande as well as commission a new Orthodox church later in October.

The cancelled visit was a fall out of President Hollande’s statement that talks at his meeting with Mr Putin would be confined to Syria.

The French President had proposed that Russia could face war crimes charges over its bombardment of Syria’s city of Aleppo.

He told French TV prosecutions over Syria could take place in the International Criminal Court (ICC).

“These are people who today are the victims of war crimes.

“Those that commit these acts will have to face up to their responsibility, including in the ICC,” Hollande said.

Russia Suspends All Flights To Egypt

Russia AirlineRussia’s President, Vladimir Putin, on Friday ordered the suspension of all Russian passenger flights to Egypt until the cause of a deadly plane crash at the weekend was established.

An Airbus A321, operated by a Russian carrier, crashed on Saturday over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. All 224 people on board were killed.

Putin’s decision followed decisions by Britain and others to suspend flights to and from Sharm al-Sheikh, the Egyptian resort where the downed Russian airliner originated, may be the first sign that Moscow is attaching credibility to the theory that Islamist militants somehow planted a bomb on the aircraft.

Guarantee Flight Safety

However, the Kremlin said the decision did not mean the crash was caused by a terrorist attack.

The Kremlin has said it is too early to say what caused the crash and that all theories, including the possibility of technical failure, should be examined by the official investigation. Egypt has also said it is too early to conclude a blast had brought down the plane.

Reuters reports that Putin acted after Alexander Bortnikov, the head of Russia’s FSB security service, recommended that Russia suspend all passenger flights to Egypt until it knew exactly what caused the crash.

Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters that “he head of state agreed with these recommendations”.

He said the government would find a way to bring Russians back home and would open talks with Egyptian authorities to guarantee flight safety.

A Sinai-based group affiliated with Islamic State, the militants who have seized swathes of Iraq and Syria, has claimed responsibility for the crash, which, if confirmed, would make it the jihadist organization’s first attack on civil aviation.

Russia Considering IS Air Strikes

RussiaRussia’s President, Vladimir Putin, says his country is considering whether to follow the U.S and its allies in conducting air strikes against Islamic State (IS) targets.

Mr Putin spoke after meeting Barack Obama on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

But the meeting, and the leaders’ speeches at the UNGA, also highlighted splits about how to end the Syrian war.

Russia says it would be an “enormous mistake” not to work with Syria’s President, Bashar Al-Assad to tackle is.

On Monday, the U.S and France again insisted that President Assad must go.

But in response, Mr Putin said, “They aren’t citizens of Syria and so should not be involved in choosing the leadership of another country.”

According to him, Russia would conduct air strikes only if they were approved by the United Nations, while also ruling out Russian troops taking part in a ground operation in Syria.

Syria Conflict: Russia Wants ‘Coordination’ Against IS

Russia-Putin-ISRussia’s President, Vladimir Putin, has again reiterated his support for Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, saying the latter is fighting terrorist organisations, and Russia “will be pleased to find common ground for joint action against the terrorists”.

In a television interview in the United States (US), Mr. Putin also called for a regional “coordinating structure” against Islamic State (IS).

The crisis in Syria is expected to top the agenda as world leaders gather at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York.

Mr. Putin will also hold rare talks with the US President, Barack Obama, to discuss the issue later on Monday.

Relations between Russia and the West have been strained ever since Moscow’s annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in 2014.