Some 40,000 cyclists taking part in Moscow cycle paradeSociety & Culture May 28, 18:33
Corporation Irkut: MS-21 first flight performed in routine modeBusiness & Economy May 28, 16:54
Ukrainian military launch more than 180 shells, mines on Donetsk within one dayWorld May 28, 16:36
Minister: Russia may supply 1,000 MC-21 planes to 2037Business & Economy May 28, 14:42
Lavrov: China, ASEAN interested in organization of Eurasian partnershipRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 28, 11:45
MC-21 airliner makes first test flight - sourceBusiness & Economy May 28, 11:00
Putin congratulates Border Guards on their professional holidayMilitary & Defense May 28, 10:57
Ukrianian court puts on hold lawsuit against ban on Russian social networksWorld May 28, 6:10
Russia’s Lasitskene wins high jump in Diamond League event in Eugene, USSport May 28, 4:59
MOSCOW, December 17. /TASS/. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has had phone conversations with his Syrian and Iranian counterparts, Fahd Jassem al-Freij and Hossein Dehghan, and also with Hakan Fidan, the head of Turkish National Intelligence Agency, Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Saturday.
"The talks included an exchange of opinions on the situation in Aleppo," the statement said. The defense officials "discussed the ways to get military and humanitarian situations back to normal there and also to create conditions for a cessation of hostilities within Syria."
Earlier in the day, spokesman of the Russian Defense Ministry Major General Igor Konashenkov said that the finalized operation of the Russian reconciliation center to evacuate safely from Aleppo the militants with families was unique not only in saving lives of almost 10,000 Syrians. This operation opened a new window of opportunities for a ceasefire regime not only in the Aleppo Province, but also in Syria’s other regions, he said, pointing out that this operation demonstrated - for further moving forward in the Syrian reconciliation it was necessary to reach agreements with all parties to the conflict "on the ground," though with the exception for terrorist groups.
In the phone conversation with Turkish intelligence chief Hakan Fidan, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu offered his condolences over Saturday’s terrorist attack in the Turkish city of Kayseri. The blast hit the city at 8.45 local time (5.45 GMT) near the entrance to Erciyes University, seven kilometers of the city center. A suicide bomber carried out the attack by ramming his car into a bus and blowing himself up. The bus was carrying off-duty soldiers who were heading to Kayseri’s center.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a statement that the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK banned in the country) could have staged the attack.