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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
Russia considers it right to maintain working contacts with Kurdish groups in Syria despite Turkey’s objections, as they are “fighting against terrorists,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said on May 15
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will hold talks with officials from Syria’s political opposition on Jan. 27, Moscow said, but it appeared representatives from armed rebel groups were not invited.
The main black box of the Syria-bound Russian military plane that crashed into the Black Sea with 92 people onboard has been found in a massive ongoing search operation, authorities said Dec. 27.
A plane carrying 35 Russian diplomats expelled from the United States over Moscow’s alleged interference in the presidential election took off from Washington on Jan.1 and landed in Moscow on Jan. 2, Russian news agencies reported.
Russian rescuers found Dec. 26 the first parts of the Syria-bound military plane that plunged into the Black Sea, as officials said they do not suspect terrorism as the reason for the crash that killed 92 people on board.
Russia on Dec. 28 promised retaliation against Washington in the event of new economic sanctions.
Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov, who was killed in an assassination by a Turkish policeman in the capital Ankara, was laid to rest in a funeral ceremony held in Moscow on Dec. 22
Russian rescuers trawling the Black Sea on Dec. 28 found the second black box from a Syria-bound military plane that crashed at the weekend with 92 people on board, authorities said.
Security has been tightened at Turkey’s diplomatic missions in Russia following the Dec. 19 assassination of Russia’s ambassador in Ankara, the Russian Interior Ministry has stated.
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Russia and Turkey agreed in a telephone call on Dec. 27 to push for a cease-fire in Syria and to prepare for possible peace talks planned in Astana set for next month, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said the assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov was aimed “not only at the Russian ambassador, but also at those who are for peace and human life,” vowing that Moscow will “not allow the incident to go unpunished.”