Russian president Vladimir Putin made an unannounced visit early Wednesday to Volgograd, the site of suicide bombings on Sunday and Monday that killed 34. Earlier, he said the fight on terrorism would be relentless.
Russia's Vladimir Putin has taken a more conciliatory tone, after his Defense Ministry held Israel "completely" accountable for a jet shot down over Syria. Putin spoke of "a chain of tragic accidental circumstances."
Moscow will boost Syria's armaments by sending them powerful S-300 missile defense systems, Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has said. Moscow claims Israeli jets caused Syrians to shoot down a Russian spy plane.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have agreed to forge a demilitarized zone between rebels and Syrian government forces in Syria's Idlib region.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Sergei Lavrov met in Berlin to discuss their roles in Syria. Germany promised reconstruction help if Russia kept President Assad from launching an offensive in opposition-held Idlib.
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