Europe Top News and Analysis Syria

  • *Turkey condemns move, says will review cooperation with EU. LUXEMBOURG, Oct 14- European Union agreed on Monday to limit arms exports to Turkey over its offensive in northern Syria, prompting condemnation from Ankara, even as they stopped short of a bloc-wide embargo against a NATO ally. Italy, the top arms exporter to Turkey last year, said it would join a ban on...

  • RIYADH, Oct 14- President Vladimir Putin signalled Moscow's growing Middle East clout on Monday on his first visit to Saudi Arabia in over a decade, buoyed by Russian military gains in Syria, strong ties with Riyadh's regional rivals and energy cooperation. Moscow accrued power in the Middle East in 2015 by sending troops to Syria, where it and Iran have been key...

  • *Iran says it wants "peace and calm" in the region. DUBAI, Oct 14- Iran on Monday urged regional powers to use diplomacy to reduce tensions including Yemen's war, but cautioned that an Iranian tanker damaged in the Red Sea last week had been hit by rockets and there would have to be consequences. Iran and its key regional rival Saudi Arabia are involved in proxy wars...

  • *Russia sees high potential for wheat exports to S. Arabia. SALIC, formed in 2011 to secure food supplies for the kingdom through mass production and foreign investments, has been looking at expanding in Russia and Ukraine, both major Black Sea grain producers and exporters, for several years. "We believe that the Black Sea region of Russia is a very important region,...

  • Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain, in a picture taken from the Turkish side of the border in Ceylanpinar on October 11, 2019, on the third day of Turkey's military operation against Kurdish forces.

    More than 800 suspected IS detainees escaped the Ayn Issa camp in northern Syria on Sunday, according to Kurdish forces.

  • *EU sold 45 mln euros in arms, ammunition to Turkey in 2018. LUXEMBOURG, Oct 14- European Union governments agreed on Monday to limit arms exports to Turkey over its offensive in northern Syria, stopping short of a bloc-wide embargo on a NATO ally. Italy, the top arms exporter to Turkey last year, said it would join a ban on selling weapons and ammunition to Ankara after a...

  • This picture taken on October 14, 2019 shows smoke rises from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain, from the Turkish side of the border at Ceylanpinar district in Sanliurfa, on the sixth day of Turkey's military operation against Kurdish forces.

    Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Monday Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters had emptied a jail holding Islamic State prisoners in a part of Syria where Ankara is mounting an offensive.

  • ISTANBUL, Oct 14- The Turkish lira slid 0.8% on Monday in the face of U.S. and European threats of sanctions and embargoes, though sceptical traders said it would weaken much further if Western allies turned words into action over Turkey's incursion in Syria. The currency, which suffered a crisis last year that knocked Turkey's economy into recession, has fallen...

  • RIYADH, Oct 14- President Vladimir Putin signaled Moscow's growing Middle East clout on Monday by visiting Saudi Arabia for the first time in over a decade, buoyed by Russian military gains in Syria, strong ties with Riyadh's regional rivals and energy cooperation. Moscow accrued power in the Middle East in 2015 by sending troops to Syria, where it and Iran have...

  • *Russia sees high potential for wheat exports to S. Arabia. SALIC, formed in 2011 to secure food supplies for the kingdom through mass production and foreign investments, has been looking at expanding in Russia and Ukraine, both major Black Sea grain producers and exporters, for several years. "We believe that the Black Sea region of Russia is a very important region,...

  • Oct 14- 1/ STERLING BULLS UNLEASHED? Deadlocked for months over Brexit, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar now say they "see a pathway to a possible deal". But the road is long- EU Council President Donald Tusk has signalled there is no guarantee of a deal and time is running out.

  • *China trade data add to signs of weakness in economy. President Donald Trump's outlining the first phase of an agreement to end a trade war with China and suspending a threatened tariff hike, but European shares slipped. Germany's DAX, dominated by companies exposed to China, slipped 0.5%.

  • LONDON, Oct 14- Turkey's government dollar bonds fell on Monday in the wake of warnings from U.S. President Donald Trump that he was working on "powerful" sanctions against Turkey over its offensive into northeastern Syria. The 2038 issue sank 0.99 cents to 98.60 cents in the dollar, while the 2045 issue lost 0.92 cents to 90.77 cents in the dollar, according to...

  • *Nikkei futures rise, trade thin with Tokyo on holiday. Liquidity was lacking, however, with Japan off and a partial market holiday in the United States for Columbus Day. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan edged up 0.5%.

  • Saudi Arabian Prince Turki Al-Faisal says the oil market "binds the world together" and what happens in the kingdom affects other countries. He also says it's surprising that the U.S. would abandon its allies in Syria.

  • *Saudi Arabia, U.S. blamed Iran for attacks on Saudi oil plants. RIYADH, Oct 13- Russia can play a positive role in easing tensions in the Gulf following a spate of attacks in the region, President Vladimir Putin said in comments published on Sunday before his first visit to Saudi Arabia in over a decade. Yemen's Houthi movement said it was behind the drone and missile...

  • Mark Esper, U.S. Secretary of Defense, attends a welcoming ceremony for joint chiefs of staff Chairman Mark Milley at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia.

    U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said at the direction of President Donald Trump, the U.S. military will "begin a deliberate withdrawal of forces from northern Syria."

  • *Saudi, U.S. blamed Iran for attacks on Saudi oil sites. RIYADH/ DUBAI, Oct 13- Russian President Vladimir Putin said before his first visit to Saudi Arabia in more than a decade that Moscow could play a key role in easing regional tensions given its good ties with Sunni Muslim Gulf Arab states and Shi'ite Iran. Yemen's Houthi movement responsibility for the Sept. 14...

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and French President Emmanuel Macron after a news conference after a Syria summit, in Istanbul, Turkey October 27, 2018.

    The United States and European Union have already warned Turkey of possible sanctions over the offensive.

  • ISTANBUL, Oct 12- Turkey's Foreign Ministry said late on Friday that Turkey would retaliate to any steps against its efforts to fight terrorism, in response to the announcement of possible U.S. sanctions against Turkey, after it launched an offensive in Syria. "Turkey is fighting with terrorist organisations that create a threat to its national security," it said...