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Johnson to push G7 to impose new sanctions on Russia over Syria

Chemical gas attack SyriaUK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is expected to use today’s G7 meeting in Lucca to call on fellow member states to ramp up sanctions against Russia following the latest developments in Syria, according to The Times, unless Moscow (more…)

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Russia accuses Erdogan of importing oil from Islamic State

IS flag over Syrian oil field

IS flag over Syrian oil field


The Russian Defence Ministry has accused Ankara of importing oil smuggled out of territories controlled by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, claiming that Turkish President Recep Erdogan and his family were personally involved in the trade. “Turkey is the main buyer of oil stolen by IS. Top-level state leadership — President Erdogan and his family — is involved in this criminal business,” Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov said during a press briefing yesterday,
The pro-Kremlin RT news portal cited Antonov as saying that Russia was aware of “three main oil smuggling routes” to Turkey.
On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow had received information suggesting that oil from IS territories was being brought into Turkey by truck convoys in amounts that hinted at industrial use. Erdogan challenged his Russian counterpart to either prove the allegations or resign from his post.

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Turkish migrant workers banned as Putin slaps on sanctions

Anti Putin demonstation in IstanbulRussian businesses are to be prohibited from hiring new Turkish migrant workers from the beginning of next year after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree imposing a package of economic sanctions against Turkey following the downing of a Russian Su-24 bomber over Syria. The current (more…)
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Syrian bombings costing Russia $4m a day, say analysts

Jet fightersSyrian bombings: The bombing campaign in Syria is costing Moscow up to $4m per day, according to data collated for the The Moscow Times by the Jane’s think tank which calculates that the bombing raids, supply runs, infrastructure and ground personnel — along with a salvo of cruise missiles fired into the conflict zone — have cost (more…)

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Syria asks Russia for $1bn loan to counter destabilisation

Syria: The Syrian government has asked Russia to lend it $1bn to tackle social problems. Despite its long-term support for the al-Assad regime, it is believed that the request is likely to be rejected.   Read More»