Russia in Syria

First confirmed COVID-19 case detected in northwest Syria

The first case of the coronavirus in Idlib follows a veto at the UN Security Council today of a resolution that would have allowed aid to reach the embattled area via Turkey.

Al-Monitor Staff | Coronavirus | Jul 10, 2020
al-monitor Syrian protesters in the city of Idlib carry placards on July 10, 2020, expressing their opposition to Syrian regime ally Russia's attempt to reduce cross-border aid to millions in the northwest of the war-torn country, as they wear protective masks and maintain social distancing due to the first case of the coronavirus recorded a day earlier. Photo by Photo by ABDULAZIZ KETAZ/AFP via Getty Images.

Russia, China veto UN vote to extend aid to Syria’s opposition-held northwest

Russia previously made clear its intent to veto the proposal, despite last-minute hopes the Kremlin might abstain.

Al-Monitor Staff | Humanitarian crises | Jul 7, 2020

Hopes that Russia will drop objections to UN humanitarian aid routes to Syria begin to rise

With only hours left for the UN Security Council to announce the outcome of a vote on a draft resolution extending the mandate for critical aid routes to Syria, hopes are rising that Moscow won't stand in the way.

Amberin Zaman | Syria Conflict | Jul 7, 2020

Humanitarian aid to Syria meets Russian resistance at the UN Security Council

Russia isn't budging from its resistance to deny crucial humanitarian aid to northwest Syria.

Elizabeth Hagedorn | Syria Conflict | Jul 6, 2020

Russia says it delivered MiG-29 fighter aircraft to Syria

Wednesday's Russian statement, backing up one made by Syria on Saturday, came after the United States accused Russia on May 26 of delivering aircraft to Libya via Syria.

Al-Monitor Staff | Russia in Syria | Jun 4, 2020