Putin signs law on ratification of Russia air force grouping in SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 27, 9:49
Moscow clarifies its stance on new anti-Russian sanctions to BrusselsRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 27, 9:35
Russia’s Defense Ministry launches Chinese and Arabic versions of 2017 Army Games websiteMilitary & Defense July 27, 8:55
Finland succeeds in building prosperous state for 100 years of independence — presidentWorld July 27, 8:27
Russian expedition recovers unique naval gun from Kerch StraitSociety & Culture July 27, 8:18
EU likely to declare US anti-Russian sanctions invalid, Russia’s EU envoy saysRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 27, 3:41
Russian PM calls situation around Saakashvili's citizenship a weird tragicomedyRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 27, 3:36
Russian Ice Hockey Federation to wage ruthless war on doping abuseSport July 26, 19:53
Two Siberian residents jailed for killing three zoo birds in failed barbeque attemptSociety & Culture July 26, 18:43
BEIRUT, May 27 (Itar-Tass) — Armed extremists connected with Al Qaeda, kidnapped a group of engineers and technicians of the Syrian Furat Oil Company, reports the SANA news agency.
According to the agency, the bus with them was stopped on Saturday near the Omar deposit in the north-eastern province of Deir-ez-Zor. Company staff members were driven in an unknown direction. Syrian security forces are looking for abductors who kidnapped the oilmen.
In the meantime, the fate of 11 Shiite pilgrims from Lebanon, abducted in northern Syria on Tuesday, is unknown up to this time. Reports, transmitted on Friday about their release and shifting to Turkey, have not been confirmed.
Lebanese premier Najib Mikati cancelled his visit to Ankara, planned for the weekend, while the Hezbollah leadership put “the entire responsibility for the life of abducted Lebanese citizens” on the Turkish authorities. Fearing unrest among Shiites, the Lebanese authorities took increased security measures in Beirut.
A Sunni politician, Lebanese ex-premier Saad Hariri, heading the opposition Mustakbal movement, takes efforts for the earliest release of the hostages. According to the Turkish Foreign Ministry, “all hostages are alive, but are now outside Turkey”.
It was reported earlier that the pilgrims, returning by bus from Iran, had been abducted by gunmen from the extremist groups Martyrs of Revolution, who do not subordinate to the insurgent grouping Syrian Liberation Army.