Russian President Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss the situation in Syria during which they also confirmed cooperation with Iran, official sources said.
US Defense Secretary James Mattis has pledged to investigate an alleged attack involving a group of Russian private military contractors on US-backed opposition forces in Syria but stopped short of accusing Moscow of orchestrating the assault.
The secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement has praised the recent downing of an Israeli F-16 fighter jet by the Syrian air defense systems as a “very big military achievement.”
The United States and Turkey agreed on Friday to try to rescue a strategic relationship that Washington acknowledged had reached a crisis point, with Turkey proposing a joint deployment in Syria if a US-backed Kurdish militia leaves a border area.
The United States has urged Russia to use its leverage over Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to end the conflict as the UN envoy warned of a "worrying and dangerous" moment in the nearly seven-year bloodshed.
A senior advisor to Iran’s Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that Iran’s military advisory presence in Syria is legitimate and based on the invitation of Damascus, and called on the US forces to leave the country.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned of a possible plan by the United States to continue its military presence in Syria for a long term in an attempt to create a “quasi-state” in the eastern areas of the country.