Bashar al-Assad was sworn in for a new seven-year term as President of Syria for the third time on Wednesday, media reports. "I pledge to respect the constitution and protect the people of Syria," he said during a live broadcast on Syrian television at a red carpet ceremony held at the presidential palace in Damascus.
The US Treasury placed a United Arab Emirates company on its sanctions blacklist Wednesday for selling specialty oil products to the Syrian government.
Saudi-based Syrian opposition figure Hadi al-Bahra was elected on Wednesday as new president of the Syrian National coalition, the main exiled opposition group seeking the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad.
British military had a secret plan to train and equip about 100,000 Syrian rebels to overthrow the government of President Bashar al-Assad, BBC reports.
The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) crucified eight rebel fighters in Syria because they were considered too moderate, Reuters reports a monitoring group as saying on Sunday.
Russia is critical of Western attempts to keep pumping money into the Syrian opposition, saying it will cause the crisis in the country to deteriorate further, and reiterates that there is no alternative to a political settlement, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told RIA Novosti.
Protracted civil war in Syria, major offensive by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL or ISIS, and a suicide blast that targeted security chief of Lebanon are several examples that the foreign policy of the Western countries in the region failed miserably, asserts, Radio VR's political analyst Dmitry Babich.
Syrian President Bashar Assad has announced a general amnesty for prisoners. The announcement comes just five days after Assad was reelected president. According to the Syrian Justice Ministry, the amnesty is aimed at fostering national unity.Dr. Taleb Ibrahim, Deputy Director of Damascus center for International and Strategic Studies thinks it is an important step towards the national dialogue and peaceful future of the country.
Serbia suspends construction of South Stream pipeline, Russian journalists working for the Zvezda television channel detained in Ukraine return to Russia, Watchdogs to supervise advertisement volume on Rusian TV, Bulgaria's suspension of South Stream considered sanctions by Russia, Syrian president announces amnesty for some prisoners, London taxi drivers vow to block the streets protesting Uber app. These issues in Voice of Russia's daily Press Review.
Syrian President Bashar Assad has announced general amnesty. The state TV reports that the presidential order concerns crimes committed before June 9, 2014. "The presidential order on amnesty has been signed within the context of national reconciliation and unification after victories of the Syrian army," said Syrian Minister of Justice Najm Hamad al-Ahmad commenting on Assad’s decision.
Syria is holding presidential election amid the country's ongoing civil war. Voting will only take place in areas controlled by the government - opposition areas in the northern and eastern parts of the country are boycotting the vote. This is the first time in decades than more than one name has appeared on the ballot paper – this time Syrians are to choose among three candidates.
On June 6 Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. Ahead of his visit to France the Russian leader gave an extensive interview to Radio Europe 1's news program author and frontman, Jean-Pierre Elkabbach and, anchor of the evening news on TF1 TV channel, Gilles Bouleau covering burning issues from Ukraine and Crimea to US foreign policy. The interview was recorded on June 3 in Sochi.
Bashar al-Assad has been re-elected Syria's president with 88.7 percent of the vote in the first presidential election. The other candidates in Tuesday's vote - Hassan al-Nuri and Maher al-Hajjar - won 4.3 percent and 3.2 percent, respectively, parliamentary speaker Mohammad al-Lahham said.
Inspectors overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal have asked President Bashar al-Assad's government to clarify disparities in its original declaration on its cache of toxic gas, UN diplomats said on Wednesday. The envoys were citing remarks by Sigrid Kaag, head of the joint mission to Syria of the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, who was briefing the 15-nation UN Security Council.
Syria is holding presidential election amid the country's ongoing civil war. Voting will only take place in areas controlled by the government - opposition areas in the northern and eastern parts of the country are boycotting the vote. Mark Dankoff, a political commentator, shared his opinion about the election and how the international community will likely react with Radio VR.
The presidential elections in Syria meet international standards commonly recognized and all statements about these elections being farce are unsound and politically motivated, Russian Federation Council international affairs committee member Igor Morozov said. Morozov monitors the elections within a group of Russian parliamentarians and Russian Central Election Committee representatives.
Syria's presidential election, which has been held for the first-ever time on an alternative basis, ended at midnight. Due to a very high turnout of voters, polling, which began at 07 am Tuesday, was prolonged for five hours. The present Head of State Bashar Assad is indisputably in the lead. Together with his wife Asma, he cast his vote at a polling station in the secondary school named after national hero Naim Maasarani. The school is located not far far from the presidential residence in Damascus.
Syria is holding presidential elections amid the country’s ongoing civil war. Voting will only take place in areas controlled by the regime - opposition areas in the northern and eastern parts of the country are boycotting the vote. This is the first time in decades than more than one name has appeared on the ballot paper – this time Syrians are to choose among three candidates. The Voice of Russia talked to Samir Saul, he is a professor of history at the University of Montreal, specialising in Syrian politics.
Voting in Syria's presidential election, being held Tuesday, has been extended by five hours to allow more people to participate, state television said. "The high electoral committee has decided to extend the election for five hours, because of the massive influx of voters," until midnight (21:00 GMT), it stated. President Bashar al-Assad, who has been fighting a three-year old revolt against his rule, is expected to win the vote.
Monday was a "Day of Silence" in Syria. On Tuesday, the country is to elect its president. Experts believe that there are two possible scenarios: it will be either al-Assad or al-Qaeda. The voting in Syria is to take place on June 3. Parliamentarians from 30 friendly countries, including Russia, will be observing the elections.