Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has announced that Russian and Syrian airstrikes against the militant-held city of Aleppo have been halted.
Russia is in talks with Egypt to lease military facilities in the North African state, including an air base in the town of Sidi Barrani near the Mediterranean, a media report says.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says a recent breakdown in the Washington-Moscow agreement on a ceasefire in Syria should be blamed on those who favored a military solution to the conflict in the Arab country, among them US officials.
Russia’s embassy in the Ukrainian capital Kiev has come under attack as Russia plans to hold parliamentary elections in Crimea for the first time.
The United States says it had not yet struck an agreement with Russia on ending the years-long conflict in Syria, blaming Moscow for reversing its position on issues it thought were settled.