The Russian Defense Ministry says Syrian government forces will suspend counter-terrorism operations near a town in the northwestern province of Idlib to help experts carry out an investigation into a suspected chemical incident there.
A senior Russian official says Moscow would not hesitate to supply the Damascus government with the air defense missile systems it needs to protect war-ravaged Syria against any future foreign military aggression once a bilateral agreement is struck.
Evacuations of four areas in Syria have resumed days after the process, which is part of a deal between Damascus and militant groups, was interrupted by a bloody attack on a bus convoy carrying people from two Shia-majority villages in Idlib Province.
Iran, Russia and Syria on Friday called for an impartial investigation into an alleged gas attack in the Syrian town of Khan Shaykhun, which became a pretext for the US to launch missile attack on the Arab country last week.
The US military and intelligence community has intercepted communications featuring Syrian military and chemical experts talking about preparations for the April 3 attack that killed over 80 civilians, a senior US official told a news channel.